Can there be too many 'Eds'?


It was two summers ago when I first engaged with WomenEd, I followed them via Twitter, it soon became October and the first Unconference which I also followed online. I read of empowerment, and new found confidence and support for women who wanted to develop themselves and lead. To be honest, at first I was very cynical about it all, a feminist grown in the 80's on a diet of 'Spare Rib' and Greenham Common, I thought that having an organisation with 'Women' in the title was too old school, too divisive, not focusing enough on all the groups who may be disadvantaged in some way... but I was wrong. I followed, I got involved with my region, attended the second Unconference and lost a bit of my cynicism along the way  

Yes, we are all people first, and yes there is more about us that is the same than different but WomenEd has enabled women to find their voices, their confidence and leadership. It has enabled us to make more demand that the system changes to provide equal opportunities. It is helping us to create an education system more representative of us, it is consolidating the concept that there is more than one way to lead (I feel another post coming on discussing leadership attributes)!

When people find their voices they want to join with other like-minded people to make those voices louder in order to get noticed and say "hold on there, this is 2017, this is not good enough, we want presence and influence too"

WomenEd lit the 'blue touch paper', sparkled, shone and shouted we want things to change and we want it now. Before long WomenEd was being quoted in a White Paper, Coaching Pledges were made and funds were realised for Women Leading in Education Projects. Women were finding their voices, their strength and talents and making things happen for each other. 

When consciousness is raised you can't put it back in a box and it can only ever lead to others finding their passion, their truth and their voices too. This explains the momentum of #WomenEd, leading to #BAMEed, leading to #LGBTed and only a week ago #DisabilityEd.

So what impact as WomenEd have over the past two years? It has enabled people to question the 'status quo', given all kinds of people the strength and courage to start shouting "We are teachers, we are leaders, WE ARE HERE!!!

#WomenEd #BAMEed #LGBTed #DisabilityEd #EqualsEqualityEd

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Ruthie Golding

Ruthie Golding

Head of Tenzing School, Tor Bridge High, Plymouth.

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Helen Pengelly Helen Pengelly @happyteachers 4 months ago
We have to be careful though that we don't get too caught up in our superficial differences and lose sight of our common humanity. I posted about this a few days ago. #HumanEd first and foremost! Recommended reading: The Art of Happiness by HH The Dalai Lama
Victoria  Cane Victoria Cane @victoriaannecane 4 months ago
Love this. Engaging with #WomenEd has helped me to find my voice and feel supported. My experience of the 'Ed's have all been positive, inclusive and inspiring. Hopefully they will bring us closer to a more diverse leadership in education.
[Retired Colleague] [Retired Colleague] [Retired Colleague] 4 months ago
Diverse staffing can only be a positive for students and school communities.
Hannah Wilson Hannah Wilson @misswilsey 4 months ago
Love this post Ruth! We know women in ed feel more connected since joining the #womened community. Finding, using and amplifying voices - sharing solutions to navigate the barriers. We have seen the impact firsthand. I am excited to see #BAMEed #LGBTed and #DisabilityEd achieve the same momentum and impact for individuals and community.
Natalie Wilcox Natalie Wilcox @natw 4 months ago
#womened has definitely given us something which unites us and gives a sense of belonging. I know that the other Eds will do the same. Really enjoyed reading this Ruth.
Ruthie Golding Ruthie Golding @ruthieg 4 months ago
Thanks for your lovely comments. I appreciate the feedback.
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