Myth: Women Can’t Work Together Successfully
During my teacher training it became clear that, at least in my experience, language teaching in the UK is female-dominated.
We’ve all seen carefully edited episodes of The Apprentice showing all-female teams to seemingly wanting to push each other down rather than pulling each other up.
All the schools in which I have worked have had all-female language departments.
I did part of my training year in a department run by a Queen Bee (see @kiran’s post for more!) where every day it was my outfit choice which would be the basis of all judgement by the clique of MFL teachers, they couldn’t support each other for their incredible work, if they were wearing the wrong colour scheme!
I’ve worked in a school where other departments were wary of us, as if all of our meetings were gossip-fuelled bitchfests with hair-pulling and squabbles! We felt isolated and excluded and were offered guidance from male members of SLT to make sure our meetings ran smoothly!
I currently work in a department with 8 women, we are (self-titled) “the best department ever”, we have such a strong sense of camaraderie and solidarity, we work together, share best practise, big each other up, coach and care. There isn’t a hint of bitchiness, there is no place for it because we are all working towards the same departmental goal but also because we support each other’s decisions and career goals.
There are still men and women who think that women can’t work successfully together but my department and powerful movements such as #WomenEd prove that we can and to all of my sisters out there, no matter what you decided to wear, on your own you are special and together we are powerful.