It was a wet and dark November evening. I was in the middle of jury service and thought I’m never going to be able to make it to my first #WomenEd event. “I haven’t got time”, I said; “who will look after my daughter” I protested; “I’ll go to another event” I asserted…excuse after excuse made. I thought I wasn’t entitled to have the time, as a busy working mum, to go to an event which spoke a universal language yet not one – I believed - I could get learn and get involved with.
Yet despite all of those reasons for not going, my sister metaphorically held my hand and I went – and this would be the start of my 10% braver. I met some fantastic men and women who all believed in equality, fairness and equity. I met @TheHopefulHT who was so passionate and positive and who I instantly admired. I listened to @MsBennyBonsu and her strong female voice was inspiring. I knew, as I left on a high that evening, that I wouldn’t even think again about questioning the need to make time for me.
There have been many 10% braver since that cold November evening – popping my ‘Twitter cherry’ and getting on-line; cautiously applying to be part of #BameEd, thinking my Headteacher wouldn’t authorise the time out of school; contacting a coach as part of the DfE Women Leading in Education and being coached; applying for Assistant Head teacher jobs that I didn’t think I would be able ‘to do’; having conversations with my 3 year old daughter about how boys and girls can be ‘superheroes’; even this blog, which I thought I shouldn’t write as I wouldn’t be able to articulate my thoughts, is brave for me.
But as #IWD17 quickly approaches, I want this message from me to be loudly heard – you CAN do whatever you desire. You CAN be a working mum and make time to be a change-maker; you CAN join SLT even if you think you’re not worthy of that position; you CAN be from a woman from an ethnic minority, working class background and be a Headteacher, you CAN have a voice and be entitled to have it heard and you CAN be 10% braver and #BeBoldforChange…