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1st Edition

Feminist Perspectives on Contemporary Educational Leadership

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ISBN 9780367428716
November 30, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
248 Pages

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Book Description

This timely book explores how various feminist perspectives fruitfully explain women’s experience of educational leadership, drawing on a contemporary conceptualisation of fourth wave feminism that is intersectional and inclusive.

The book asks which and whose feminist theory is used to explain gender and feminism in educational leadership management and administration (ELMA): the scholar’s, the research participant’s or a combination of both in the co-construction of knowledge from an intersectional feminist perspective. It conceptualizes intersectional and inclusive feminist perspectives on educational leadership, theorizing research through a Black British feminist perspective, a gender and Islamic perspective and a queer theory perspective, depending on the self-identification of participants. It explores digital feminism and men’s pro-feminism. The book identifies feminist leadership praxis as a focus for future research, and explores how leaders can draw on funds of knowledge, identity and cultural wealth and lead and educate diverse populations of students.

Highlighting the importance of intersectional feminist perspectives in ELMA, the book will appeal to scholars, researchers and post-graduate students in the fields of inclusive educational leadership and management, gender studies and feminism.

Table of Contents

Series editor foreword

Part 1: Mapping feminist perspectives in Educational Leadership Management and Administration (ELMA)

1 Waves of feminism

2 Feminist theory and educational leadership: a review of selected literature

Part 2: Using feminist theories in ELMA research

3 Intersectionality and Black British feminism

4 Islam and feminism

5 Queer theory and feminism

6 Applying critical leadership

Part 3: Gender related issues in ELMA

7 Digital feminism

8 Men and pro-feminism

9 Femonationalism: The ‘Trojan Horse’ affair

Part 4: Next steps for feminist scholars in ELMA

10 Whose feminist theory?

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Kay Fuller is Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Nottingham, UK. Her research focuses on women, gender and feminism in educational leadership.


"Without doubt the most comprehensive treatment of feminist perspectives on leadership in education globally, Kay Fuller’s new book is a vital resource for researchers and educators alike. She provides the field with re-theorized insights into thoughtful leadership for the 21stCentury."

Margaret Grogan, Professor of Educational Leadership & Policy, Chapman University, USA.


"In this book Kay Fuller takes her readers on a richly nuanced and insightful reading of the continuities and strengths and transgressive potential of feminist scholarship. We are reminded of the historical and contemporary antecedents of feminism and challenged to think about how the field might further be deconstructed and decolonised. A compelling, authoritative and timely contribution."

Tanya Fitzgerald, Professor of Higher Education, The University of Western Australia.


"Congratulations to Kay Fuller for a comprehensive, succinct and well-researched contribution. Feminist Perspectives on Contemporary Educational Leadership is a valuable addition to literature on feminism after a phase when there have been conversations about ‘death of feminism’.  It provides an historical overview, while also exploring current nuances such as digital feminism, Queer theory and feminism, or Islam and feminism, and flags up certain future possibilities. A must read!" 

Saeeda Shah, Reader/Associate Professor in educational leadership (retired), University of Leicester, UK.


"Kay Fuller’s Feminist Perspectives on Contemporary Educational Leadership makes a significant contribution at a critical moment for women across the globe. Her autobiographical approach to narrating the evolution of feminist perspectives and their contributions to education leadership over time is executed to powerful effect and demonstrates the potency of intersectional feminism. This theoretically rich work both challenges and guides, making it an informative and simulating read."

Michelle Young, Dean of the School of Education and a Professor of Education Leadership and Policy at Loyola Marymount University, USA.