Chapter 17: Gender and leadership in education
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Gender remains a topical research focus in the field of educational leadership due to the enduring nature of inequalities which continue to manifest themselves. This chapter identifies factors which influence the ways girls and women who are leading in educational contexts pursue, engage in, and experience formal leadership roles in the high school context. Using a nested socio-ecological perspective orientated towards social justice, the lived experiences across two generations of leaders are holistically explored to identify features which support and constrain leadership formation and practice. From this work, ways of cohesively connecting these experiences are examined with aspirations to develop greater synergy between, and leverage deeper understandings of, the practices of emerging and experienced female leaders overall.

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