Oops I did it again…

by Jules Daulby   @JulesDaulby

Jules is a co-founder and a strategic lead for @Womened and @WomenEd_Tech. She’s often cross.

Oops I did it again…

It’s beginning to bore me. Another DfE advisory group with loads of men on it. Last time I had a moan it was the behaviour group, this time it’s EdTech with five men called Chris and 7 women (out of 27). I’m was so tired of this four years ago, I even made a hashtag #genderedcheese.

The same old excuses will be rolled out. There aren’t enough women to ask, they don’t come forward, we wouldn’t want to put them there as a token, we choose talent not tribe …blah blah blah 

But when will it change? When will someone think that they need to cast their net wider?  When will people be a bit more proactive and ask or even persuade people from underrepresented groups to join an advisory group? 

Diversity makes for better decision making, diversity ensures a fair crack at equality, diversity means many voices and experiences are in the room. 

With so many many examples of male heavy advisory groups, male only panels (MANELS) and male dominated areas such as EdTech, it is time (and has been for a while) to rethink selection processes and demand 50:50 quotas – we are told this isn’t fair, that things will change… But they don’t, they haven’t, they won’t. In education particularly where women dominate the profession, their voices must be heard and be represented. 

If this doesn’t happen, I’m making a banner and will lock myself in the ‘advisory group selection panel for advisory groups’ cupboard. 

Be warned.


  1. Yes! I agree with everything here! We absolutely need this to happen! This academic year every high profile role/opportunity for progression in my school has gone to white men, which in my mind does not make for diverse leadership. And the feedback to all the unsuccessful applicants? Not enough experience, didn’t seem formal enough, didn’t seem authoratitative enough…..when will we start waking up and realising that women lead in a different way but are equally (if not more) effective? That emotion and humanity and open warmth does not mean weakness? I am so tired of this. Thank you for your comments and your continued passion and enthusiasm of this important issue.


  2. I agree, and whilst experience matters, there are so many under valued types and modes of experience that people, mostly women, have, that are ignored by white male manels, leadershit teams (not a typo) 😜 and manopausal presiments. Perception of strength has to be broader, and emotional intelligence valued. Will things change? I’m now in my fifties and it hasn’t for the past thirty or so years! 👹


  3. Thank you for this Jules but a little disappointed that it was so short and to the point. I was hoping for a good long rant to read over my breakfast porridge. I Have accepted these excuses and held the same views, entrenched for many years but then I’m a man so what can you expect. Twitter and Women Ed have more recently changed my mind on many things and for that I am grateful. When told ‘not to worry’ and that ‘things will change’ never forget that it is men telling you. Whilst this is the case they will not change so more power to Women Ed and it’s strong women; change needs to start somewhere. Thanks for a straight to the point (but short) post and I hope your birthday went well.


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