Women and School Leadership

International Perspectives

Edited by Cecilia Reynolds

Subjects: Education
Series: SUNY series in Women in Education
Paperback : 9780791453124, 174 pages, February 2002
Hardcover : 9780791453117, 174 pages, February 2002

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Table of contents


Introduction: New Questions about Women and School Leadership
Cecilia Reynolds

Part I.
Defining Shifting Contexts: Entrepreneurship, Changing Leadership Scripts and the New Managerialism

1. Reinterpreting Entrepreneurship in Education: A Gender Perspective
Valerie Hall (United Kingdom)

2. Changing Gender Scripts and Moral Dilemmas for Women and Men in Education, 1940-1970
Cecilia Reynolds (Canada)

3. Troubling Women: The Upsides and Downsides of Leadership and the New Managerialism
Jill Blackmore (Australia)

Part II.
Exploring Behind the Statistics: Women's Experiences at the Edge of Change

4. "The Alberta Advantage": “DeKleining” Career Prospects for Women Educators
Beth Young (Canada)

5. Women Administrators and the Point of Exit: Collision Between the Person and the Institution
Patricia Schmuck, Sandra Hollingsworth, and Robyn Lock (United States)

6. Feminist Educational Leadership: Not for the Fainthearted
Jane Strachan (New Zealand)

Part III.
Questioning the Future: Feminism, Leadership and Crossing Borders

7. Is There a Future for Feminism in the Contemporary University?
Jane Kenway and Dianna Langmead (Australia)

8. Concluding Thoughts about Entrepreneurship and Crossing Borders
Deborah Mindorff and Cecilia Reynolds (Canada)

About the Contributors

Further Reading


International in scope, this is an unprecedented compilation of current theories and perspectives on women and leadership issues in schools at all levels.


This international collection of work by leading feminist scholars in educational administration from five Western liberal democratic countries presents "state-of-the-art" research on women in school leadership positions. The contributors focus on the need for critical reflections, which reveal hidden aspects of leadership phenomena, and advocate diverse forms of positive action to improve the condition for women in school settings. As such, this collection challenges the reader to consider the partiality of all perspectives on leadership, as well as future directions for research and practice. It also brings together views of schools and school systems at the macro level, with discussions and case studies focused on the micro levels of school life.

Cecilia Reynolds is Associate Dean of the Academic Program at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto.


"United States researchers interested in women's issues in school leadership are guilty of having an insular conversation with ourselves in the majority of our journals and books. The papers collected in this book strongly illustrate the global commonality of women's struggles for equity in an androcentric profession. " — Linda Skrla, coauthor of The Emerging Principalship