10%braver Inspiring Women to Lead Education

62% of teachers in secondary schools are women but only 39% of secondary headteachers are female

Only 7% of women in education will attempt to negotiate their initial salary offer, compared to 57% of their male counterparts

1 in 4 teachers who quit the classroom in recent years were women aged 30–39

What would you do to make a change today if you were 10% braver?

This is the ultimate guide for women in education. Written by leading members of the grassroots #WomenEd movement, it offers guidance on how to attain and succeed in leadership positions, alongside nuanced analysis and debate of topics including: the gender pay gap, gender stereotyping in schools and beyond, the realities experienced by BAME leaders and how flexible working cultures can redress inequities.

Each chapter gives advice on how we can all change things for the better, as individuals, in our organisations and across the system, and how you can be part of the WomenEd movement to improve equality in education for everyone.

"This book matters because it is guaranteed to inspire, to educate and to spark a much-needed clamour for women to assume roles of influence throughout our education system."

-Alison Peacock, Chief Executive of the Chartered College of Teaching


What an inspiring read! This is a must for all women (and men) in education leading or otherwise. 10% Braver has pushed me to think carefully about myself and my career as a female educator. Thank you to the authors for inspiring me and many others!  

Yamina Bibi, Lead Practitioner and member of senior leadership team, Forest Gate Community School, Newham, London

Highly recommend this book to all educators. It is really accessible, shining a light on the gender gap in education and the particular challenges women might face in progressing to senior leadership. The wide range of informed contributors give practical strategies to inspire women into leadership. I read the whole book in two days and have lots to share with colleagues!

Lucy Hemsley

This book is a must-read for dedicated women - and men - in education. It speaks to our hearts and souls of mission and vision, passion and purpose.  In such a complex and challenging profession, we are given inspiration and clarity about how we can all make a difference - in many ways - but above all by being 10% braver!

Congratulations to all the authors. I hope this goes global!

One day in a digital journey through twitter I stumbled across the hashtag #10%braver @WomenEd. Instantly I was hooked on a community that provides support and guidance for women educators to achieve their full potential. This book lays out a road map to smash the glass ceiling and the right amount of positive encouragement to make a genuine difference for all women in schools.

The collective voices of courageous women resound throughout the book. An inspiring book for any woman. All of us lead in some way and we must carry on leading in every way to ensure that there is gender equity in education and every sector of society for us and for future generations. The time to stand up, be counted and act for ourselves and others is now. Thank you WomenEd and the pioneers who have helped us to start believing in ourselves and the power of change. I recommend this book to everyone who believes in social justice and that education transforms lives.

New book published December 15th, 2020


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