100 Years, 100 Women


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Holly Gardner

Holly Gardner is TT Editor, as well as a Freelance Publisher. She has been working with @TeacherToolkit for over 6 years - since she published his first book in her role as Senior Commissioning Editor at Bloomsbury Publishing. Since then, she left her day job,...
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Which inspirational women would you interview?

For 100 years, women have had a say in who runs our country thanks to the long fight of our suffragette ancestors. The year 2018 is the centenary of some women winning the right to vote in the UK.

Although the struggle for equality of the sexes is still far from over, it is important to reflect on the progress that has been made and the freedom that women in the UK do have, and this important anniversary offers a great opportunity to do so.

100 Interviews with Women in Education

I will be interviewing 100 women working in the field of education – or in the public eye – in order to catalogue their lives, celebrate their successes, discuss the challenges they face and discover what they would like to pass on to the next generation.

The interviews will include conversations with school teachers and leaders, founders of education technology companies, women working in educational environments that are typically male dominated or those doing something particularly fantastic to inspire the next generation of girls. 

I will be documenting my journey and publishing all of the women’s stories here on Teacher Toolkit, publishing interviews via podcasts, videos or blogposts. I feel extremely privileged and very excited to be embarking on a project that will give me access to so many women’s lives and I can’t wait to start sharing the conversations I’ve already had.

Follow Us Throughout 2018

We will be publishing the first interview on 6th February, 100 years to the day that the act that gave women the right to vote was passed. See below for more key dates coming this year:

  • 6th February 1918: the Representation of the People Act was passed which gave women the vote
  • 21 November 1918: The Parliament (Qualification of Women) Act provided women with the right to stand for Parliament
  • 14 December 1918: Women vote in an election for the first time.

Make sure you follow our journey on social media using #TTkit100women and please get in touch, comment below, if you have any recommendations of women you’d like to see us interview.

The Interviews so far

You can listen to or read all the interviews we’ve published so far here:

  1. Pryia Lakhani
  2. Helen Skelton
  3. Jaz Ampaw-Farr
  4. Dame Alison Peacock
  5. Major Nics Wetherill
  6. Carla Hooper
  7. Sofia Fenichell
  8. Jo Twist
  9. Jennifer Holland
  10. Hannah Wilson
  11. Patranjali Bhattacharya
  12. Daisy Gardner
  13. Becky Kenneally
  14. Alison Kriel
  15. Vivienne Porritt
  16. Natasha Devon
  17. Jenny Fogarty


34 thoughts on “100 Years, 100 Women

  1. Please interview Mrs Lynn Atkinson, CE0 of the Learning Academy Partnership and National Leader of Education. A truly inspirational lady who puts children first every single day and has developed a phenomenal team of leaders and aspiring leaders through her relentless drive to achieve excellence and secure better life chances for all.

  2. I would like to suggest Kate Ball who runs @minifirstaiduk to train parents, teachers, carers and children in essential life saving skills. She was voted the Daily Mail mumpreneur of the year for 2017, is a mum of 4 (with her 2nd set of twins due in June) and is the most inspiring woman I know. She would be a great role model for you to interview.

  3. Please interview Debby Wright at Trent Vineyard Church. She works alongside her husband bringing the Good News of Jesus to so many. An inspiration on how to live out our faith helping the people around us and equipping others to do the same.

  4. I’d like to recommend Deborah Kellsey Millar, an ex teacher, now Executive Director of Digital Learning. she created the Learning wheel https://learningwheel.co.uk/ to help other educators share and collaborate. she’s co author of the Learning Wheel book. She was nominated by JISC for her contribution to education and was selected to attend the Queen’s garden party last year. She’s passionate about education, collaboration and blended learning.

  5. Please interview Alison Kriel, Viv Grant, Karen Giles, Vivienne Porritt, Jules Daulby, Keziah Featherstone, Sameena Choudry, Natalie Scott, Jill Berry, Helena Marsh, Allana Gay, Kirsty Tonks, Annemarie Williams, Steph Green. Just for starters!!

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