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Jul 8, 2022

Every sector has its secrets. Some are better hidden than others and it took time for Vivienne Porritt to stumble upon some of the shocking secrets that launched her mission in the world of education.

Vivienne is a woman with two missions. Her determination to help every child to have their best shot at what education can do is born from her own ‘less than positive’ childhood.

And when she discovered how the unfair treatment of women in education was limiting the potential of what children could achieve, her deeply held values of equity, fairness and social justice drove her to take ever more impactful action.

Vivienne’s second mission began with the discovery of the massive gender pay gap in education. She worked with fellow volunteers, using Twitter as a social platform, to launch what became a global movement with over 43,000 members in 21 countries around the world.

In this inspirational conversation, co-founder and strategic leader of @WomenEd, Vivienne Porritt OBE describes how building a community and sharing their experiences exposed the hidden secrets AND created a voice to be reckoned with, in their mission to reduce racial and gender inequality and enable more women in education to have the choice to progress on their leadership journey.

Having rebuilt her confidence, Vivienne now helps other women to be brave and courageous in removing barriers to choice and progress, so they can be who they want to be in their leadership career.  

This episode is for anyone who wants to learn more about the inequalities in education, and be more confident and impactful in leading change.



Vivienne Porritt, OBE, is a leadership consultant supporting school and trust leaders with vision, strategy, professional learning and development, and impact evaluation.

Vivienne is, joyously, one of the Co-founders and Global Strategic Leaders of WomenEd, a community that empowers aspiring and existing women leaders in education. Vivienne is also Vice President of the Chartered College of Teaching, a Non-Exec Board Member of Captiva Learning Ltd and a member of FED Advisory Council and the Eko Trust as well as the Chair of the Strategic Board for the North London Teaching School Hub.

Previously, Vivienne was a secondary headteacher and Director for School Partnerships at UCL Institute of Education. She writes for TES and academic journals and is co-editor of 10%braver: Inspiring Women to Lead Education (Sage, 2019) and Being 10%braver (Corwin, 2021).

Vivienne’s full bio and contact details can be found on her personal guest page.



Sue is on a mission to STOP women playing small so that they can create the legacy they want to leave in the world.  With over 30 years coaching and leadership experience, Sue loves nothing more than disrupting the unhelpful thinking that often holds women back, so that they can think, dream and BE bigger in leading the change they want to see.  Coaching internationally, Sue’s clients are primarily world-changing women who want to lead with confidence, increase their impact and live a life that matters.


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10% Braver by Vivienne Porritt & Keziah Featherstone

Being 10% Braver by Vivienne Porritt & Keziah Featherstone