Academy Today - 17 November 2017
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Academy Today - 17 November 2017

Leading Women is a collection of essays from female bosses across the education sector, revealing the challenges and attitudes that hinder them

A new anthology, Leading Women, highlights the barriers women continue to face when it comes to leading roles in education. The book is published by specialist executive search firm, Wild Search, and takes inspiration from the life of Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, the first Englishwoman to become a qualified doctor and who later co-founded the first medical school to admit women in the UK. One hundred years after her death it reflects on the challenges she faced in reaching that position; barriers which still resonate with women fighting for leadership positions today.

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Amy Wevill
Schools Week - 9 November 2017
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Schools Week - 9 November 2017

Amanda Spielman, Vicky Beer, Dame Rachel de Souza, Lucy Heller, Rebecca Clark, Janet Renou, Sally Collier: never has education had so many senior leaders that are women.

And whilst we should celebrate the growing number of women in these positions, the truth is that we would have even more women in leadership roles were it not for the barriers and attitudes that sadly still prevail in education.

Education comes pretty near bottom of the class when it comes to making strategic moves which would enable women to progress to the top. Financial services, tech, retail – have all recognised the need to change the way they think about their female employees and the support they provide. Nurseries and creches, spaces allocated for breastfeeding, genuinely flexible hours: these are all becoming increasingly commonplace in many a workplace, but rarely in education.

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Amy Wevill
East Anglian Daily Times - 6 November 2017
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East Anglian Daily Times - 6 November 2017

Suffolk inspiration Elizabeth Garrett Anderson celebrated in report about female leadership

The life and work of Suffolk “trailblazer” Elizabeth Garrett Anderson have been celebrated in a new report exploring female leadership.

Leading Women: The Life, Legacy and Inspiration of Elizabeth Garrett Andersonis being released to mark the centenary of the former mayor of Aldeburgh’s death and reflects on the achievements of working women across society, as well as the barriers that remain in their way.

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Amy Wevill