WomenEd Blogs

Is there a glass ceiling in Higher Education?
Lizana Oberholzer
Representation
by Lizana Oberholzer  @LO_EduforAll Women play a pivotal role as role models to inspire the future generation of female leaders in education, whether it is in schools or in Higher Education. According to Hewitt (2020) and Osho (2018), 56.6% of the university student body is comprised of women. The Higher Education workforce, however, reflects
Choose to Challenge - #IWD2021
Anna Ambrose
Gendered Stereotypes
 by Anna Ambrose  @AnnaAmbrose On Friday 6th March, 2021, I noticed a thing on my Facebook feed. It was the last day (for now at least, fingers crossed) of home-schooling for families in England. And men were busy thanking their amazing wives* for home-schooling their children. There were gifts. Flowers. Champagne. The works. How lovely. [*Obviously not everyone is married. But these posts were genuinely all about wives, so I may over-use the word in what follows.]
Calling IT out
Kerry Jordan-Daus
General Blogs
by Kerry Jordan-Daus @KerryJordanDaus  #IWD2021 International Women’s Day 2021, a call out to challenge, there is a choice to be made. But what is IT I am choosing to challenge? For me, this is a choice about what would make life fairer. I want to challenge the unfairness that is so deeply embedded in the everyday that IT is not noticed as unfairness. IT is normalised. IT has become learnt behaviour.
Flexible leadership
Lynn How
Flexibility
by Lynn How @Positive_Y_Mind    www.positiveyoungmind.com Could you be a great educational leader if you had more flexibility? I see leadership potential in women everywhere I turn in education. Unfortunately, many of these are woman who have motherhood and childcare to balance alongside their careers, many choose parenting over their career. If I needed to make that binary choice, I would choose the same but what if you could have both?
A call for collaboration
Claire Young
10% Braver
by Claire Young @curiousCY I want more circles and fewer lines. I am at my best when I’m working shoulder to shoulder with the people around me and we can see each other eye to eye. My problem with lines is that they leave the people exposed. My problem with lines is that we can only see a section of the people we’re working with, making it all too easy to lose connection with experiences and perspectives we really need to hear. So, my10% braver work is playing my part in building collaborative cultures within my school community where we connect, we centre our wellbeing, and we form circles not lines.
A man’s journey through @WomenEd
Vivienne
General Blogs
by Chris Reddy @brightleadcoach  Founder of @brightleadersUK Confession time! When I stumbled across @WomenEd a few years back on Twitter, I did wonder what it was all about. Why do women educators need support over men? It’s worth noting, I was brought up around great women. My grandmothers headed up big, beautiful families and were outstanding role models. My mum is a wonderfully kind, caring and strong retired deputy head teacher.
Anything is possible, if you work hard enough.
Niamh Thompson
10% Braver
by Niamh Thompson @toal_niamh Ever since a young age, I always dreamed of becoming a teacher. Suffering from severe dyslexia, however, I didn’t think this would always be possible. As I began my A levels in Sociology and Irish, my aspirations of becoming a teacher were confirmed - I knew I wanted to pursue a teaching career. With my parents’ unwavering support and belief in me, I was able to overcome my dyslexia struggles and graduate with a degree in Irish and Sociology from QUB. The next step on my teaching path took me to apply for a PGCE in Irish. I was very nervous and failed the interview miserably. I felt like I had let everyone down.
How can school leaders help fix the leaky STEM pipeline?
Christina Astin
Gendered Stereotypes
By Christina Astin @ChristinaAstin The proportion of girls choosing A level physics and pursuing STEM careers has remained stubbornly low for decades. But recent research should give us hope. We understand much better now what helps fix the leaky STEM pipeline. Unfortunately, society still peddles the view that science is not for girls. Does it matter and can school leaders help?
Impostor syndrome
Jacinta Calzada-Mayronne
Imposter Syndrome
by Jacinta Calzada-Mayronne @drcalzy I don’t believe in impostor syndrome. What is impostor syndrome? Impostor syndrome is defined as 'an internal experience of believing that you are not as competent as others perceive you to be. While this definition is usually narrowly applied to intelligence and achievement, it has links to perfectionism and the social context' (Cuncic, 2020).
New Me: New Possibilities
Ann Marie Luce
Leadership
by Ann Marie Luce @turnmeluce   Photo by Brett Jordan on Unsplash The past months have been challenging for everyone, and many have been forced to adapt to our new reality. I, too, have made some difficult decisions that impacted my family and career.  At the start of the global COVID-19 pandemic, I returned to Canada from China, where I was an international school leader. I spent six months working remotely as a school principal with our school's staff, students, and parents scattered worldwide.

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