The #WomenEd Representation Campaign
What is the Problem with Representation?
Whilst women are well represented in middle leader roles, they are disproportionately underrepresented in senior roles in educational organisations globally, despite women making up the majority of the education workforce.
What Leading Women are Saying
"If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice, or representation."
Abigail Adams, Founder of the United States, 1776
"To break a glass ceiling, we must first have the possibility to access opportunities, be given the time to showcase skillset, and know that the other side of the ceiling exists for us to take up space in it."
Offering events and videos to support women to move forward in their leadership journey
Supported middle leaders who aspire to senior leadership
Encouraged women to be board members
Encouraged Early Career Teachers to think about becoming leaders
Shared videos of events about:
Held a panel discussion on Leadership Development through the lens of a woman at our 2021 global unconference
Hosted a presentation on how educational leaders can make recruitment less biased
Written a chapter in 10%Braver: Inspiring Women to Lead Education
Written about how to attract more women to senior leadership
"I had been shortlisted for several deputy head roles but hadn’t managed to get past the final hurdle - the interview. I reached out for help online and Vivienne Porritt kindly offered me a free interview prep session. This, alongside some free coaching from another fabulous woman, Vanessa Whitcombe, built my confidence in a big way. Vivienne helped me make my application even stronger and gave me valuable advice on how to present my strengths and the impact I had achieved.
I start my new role as vice principal in a great school in April! Thank you WomenEd, I hope I can pay it forward.’'
Madeleine Fresko-Brown @m_x_f
"I watched your webinar on writing effective applications for leadership roles as I had lost my confidence in my letter writing skills after a couple of failed applications. I recently saw an advertisement for a Deputy Headteacher role, so I watched your webinar again.
I followed your advice and, not only did I find it stopped me re-drafting the letter endlessly, but I have also secured an interview for the role. A huge thank you for the advice and guidance as I don’t think I would have had the confidence to write a letter in the way I did without it."
Watch our advice about writing a job application that gets results
Apply for your next leadership step - watch our Career Clincs videos
Be an advocate and supporter of women leaders as a male educator and leader, and in 10%Braver: Inspiring Women to Lead Education and Being 10%Braver
Representation Resources for You to Explore
New Research: Women More Effective Than Men In All Leadership Measures (Forbes, March 2023)
Increasing Female Representation in School Leadership (NASSP, 2023)
The Power Of Momentum Mentoring For Women In Education Leadership (Vicki Phillips, Forbes, March 2023)