The article about Bristol bucking the national trend in the number of female Headteachers really inspired me and a lot of the #womened community when it was published in the Guardian in June 2015.
“To be fair to the Labour frontbencher, the statistics do tell a story of inequality. In secondary schools 62% of qualified teachers are female and yet only 36% of headteachers are women. Nationally there has been no rise in the proportion of female heads for the past three years. And those who do make it to the top job face discrimination and a “motherhood penalty”: female heads who are mothers are 50% more likely to start off in the bottom third of the advertised pay range than male heads who are fathers, according to a Future Leaders survey earlier this year.
But there is something different going on in Bristol. In this apparent pocket of equality and sanity, two-thirds of the 21 secondary heads in the city are women. Why? What can be learned here?”
You can read the full article here: