#WomenEd is a global grassroots movement which connects aspiring and existing women leaders in education and gives women leaders a voice in education

About us

About our Journey

We began in 2015 with the aim to connect women leaders on twitter. We are now a global movement of volunteers who connect, support and empower women leaders in education, give women a voice in education policies and practices and work to improve the gender balance between women and men at senior leadership level.

Values and Mission

We are a values-driven organisation and our values are known as our 8Cs:

  • Clarity 
  • Communication
  • Connection 
  • Confidence
  • Collaboration 
  •  Community
  • Challenge 
  •  Change


From a twitter chat to events, from the creation of networks to a global community.


Our mission is for more women in education to have the choice to progress on their leadership journey. To achieve this, #WomenEd works to remove systemic and organisational barriers to such progress and to empower and enable women to achieve their next leadership step if they choose to progress in leadership roles.

Even though women dominate the workforce across all sectors of education, there are still gender and racial inequalities in terms of the numbers of women in senior leadership, the large gender pay gap and the number of women who want to stay in education yet whose requests for flexible working are not met. 

Key Challenges

Looking to learn more about the key challenges that #WomenEd is helping female teachers overcome? Click on the expanding list of topics below for more information.

Flexible working

Gender pay gap

Unconcious bias




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OUR Leaders

#WomenEd is led by a team of  6 Strategic Leaders, each of whom connects to a group of our networks.

Keziah Featherstone
Keziah Featherstone
Keziah is a co-founder and Strategic Leader for #WomenEd, is a member of the Headteachers’ Roundtable, and is currently the Head at Q3 Academy Tipton, in the West Midlands. She is the co-editor of 10%braver: Inspiring Women to Lead Education and Being 10%braver (forthcoming 2020). Keziah writes for many education publications including Tes. She is passionate about the welfare and safeguarding of young people, treating staff with respect and compassion and is a strong believer in getting the job done.
Jules Daulby
Jules Daulby
Jules Daulby is a co-founder and Strategic Leader of @WomenEd and is a teacher, leader and an educational consultant specialising in inclusion and literacy. Jules has worked in education for over twenty years in primary, secondary, FE and special schools.
Sameena Choudry
Sameena Choudry
Sameena Choudry is a co-founder and Strategic Leader of #WomenEd. She currently works as a Senior Learning Standards and Effectiveness Officer and prior to this founded Equitable Education Ltd. Over the course of her successful career, she has undertaken a wide variety of fulfilling senior leadership roles and is also a trained Ofsted inspector.
Vivienne Porritt
Vivienne Porritt
Vivienne Porritt is a co-founder and Strategic Leader of #WomenEd. She is the co-editor of 10%braver: Inspiring Women to Lead Education and Being 10%braver (forthcoming 2020). She is Director of Vivienne Porritt Associates, a leadership consultancy and is also Vice President of the Chartered College of Teaching. Vivienne is a former secondary headteacher and Director for School Partnerships at UCL Institute of Education.
Alison Kriel
Alison Kriel
Alison Kriel is a Strategic Leader of @WomenEd and an education consultant. Alison is an experienced Head Teacher and CEO and is a regular speaker and panel member.
Liz Free
Liz Free
Liz Free is the co-founder of @WomenEdNetherlands and Strategic Leader for #WomenEd Europe.Liz has been a teacher and head teacher in some of the world’s leading schools and is now a globally recognised leader of education talent, continuing professional development and learning as the founding Director of the International Leadership Academy, the British School in the Netherlands.

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