#WomenEd is 2 years, 3 months young. Our community lives the reality that gender influences, at best, and determines, at worst, how many educators become leaders
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So, what impact has #WomenEd had?
Clarity: We have a clear vision about what we want to achieve, underpinned by our values and mission.To empower more women in education to have the choice to take their next leadership step.
Communication: @WomenEd reaches 12.8K followers on Twitter, quite remarkable in 2 years. We now have 17 UK and international accounts.
Through Twitter we engage with our community and share information and research as well as through Facebook and LinkedIn.
So far, over 3000 aspiring and existing women leaders have connected through 50 regional events, 2 UK national and 3 international events (The Netherlands, Canada). Our 3rd unconference is September 30th with plans for 20+ regional events in 2017/18. These events are joyous as women find and use their own voice, realising that they can be what they see, they can negotiate their next pay rise, they can apply for their next leadership step.
Community #WomenEd is led by a Steering Group of 5 volunteers, each linked to regional teams.
60 regional leaders have been inducted in teams across the UK and US, Canada, Italy, The Netherlands, with 2-12 regional leaders within each region offering support where women work and live.
Collaboration: Remarkably, #WomenEd is composed entirely of volunteers giving freely of their collective time to make a difference for:
· individual women
· the organisations that employ them
· systemic issues to which we need to find solutions.
As a not-for-profit network we collaborate with other organisations who support our aims, eg:
· Plan UK to whom we donated surplus income
· The Department for Education (DfE) in England which gives us a seat at the (policy) table. We were named in a White Paper, we’ve driven the DfE coaching initiative (link) and @WomenEdLondon members have written two case studies on Flexible Working.
· Microsoft and #WomenEd partner to develop resources to support more women as Digital Leaders.
· #WomenEd and Dauntless Daughters developed a virtual toolkit for schools
Confidence: Countless tweets include our mantra of #10%braver, demonstrating how the #WomenEd community are being more bold. Listen to the increasingly confident voice of women through 560+ blogson @staffrm tagged under #womened.
Challenge: Blogs @staffrm and elsewhere document how women are addressing the challenges they face as education leaders eg #genderpaygap, flexible working, unconscious bias.
Change: These achievements support our tangible impact: members securing new roles and promotions. We track this through adding #WomenEd and #impact to tweets: I'm writing about this to supplement the research done by @kayfuller and @jillberry