Chapter 2: Critical theoretical perspectives and considerations for centering gender in the study of leadership
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The study of gender and leadership has grown and we have a greater understanding of the role of gender in leadership. Yet, there is much left to explore, interrogate, and transform. This chapter seeks to inform a research agenda for gender and leadership that: (a) centers gender in the study of leadership, examining more deeply the role that gender plays in one’s life; (b) examines how the social construct of gender shapes one’s experiences and the social systems and structures in which we live and lead; and (c) considers how one’s gender identity intersects with other forms of identity to shape one’s meaning making and experiences. In this chapter, key critical theoretical perspectives and considerations for centering gender in the study of leadership are discussed. Specifically, intersectionality, the social construction of gender, critical feminist perspectives, masculinities, and a third wave of theorizing and research focused on gender and leadership.

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