This volume examines the educational leadership of Black women in the U.S. as informed by their raced and gendered positionalities, experiences, perspectives, and most importantly, the intersection of these doubly marginalized identities in school and community contexts. While there are bodies of research literature on women in educational leadership, as well as the leadership development, philosophies, and approaches of Black or African American educational leaders, this issue interrogates the ways in which the Black woman’s socially constructed intersectional identity informs her leadership values, approach, and impact.
As an act of self-invention, the volume simultaneously showcases the research and voices of Black women scholars – perspectives traditionally silenced in the leadership discourse generally, and educational leadership discourse specifically. Whether the empirical or conceptual focus is a Black female school principal, African American female superintendent, Black feminist of the early twentieth century, or Black woman education researcher, the framing and analysis of each article interrogates how the unique location of the Black woman, at the intersection of race and gender, shapes and influences their lived personal and/or professional experiences as educational leaders.
This collection will be of interest to education leadership researchers, faculty, and students, practicing school and district administrators, and readers interested in education leadership studies, leadership theory, Black feminist thought, intersectionality, and African American leadership.
This book was originally published as a special issue of the International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education.
1. Inventing herself: examining the intersectional identities and educational leadership of Black women in the USA Sonya Douglass Horsford and Linda C. Tillman 2. This bridge called my leadership: an essay on Black women as bridge leaders in education Sonya Douglass Horsford 3. Leading through the challenge of change: African-American women principals on small school reform April L. Peters 4. The intersection of race and gender in school leadership for three Black female principals Latish Cherie Reed 5. Making the case for the outlier: researcher reflections of an African-American female deputy superintendent who decided to close the achievement gap Karen Stansberry Beard 6. When care trumps justice: the operationalization of Black feminist caring in educational leadership Lisa Bass 7. Race, gender, and leadership identity: an autoethnography of reconciliation Patrice McClellan 8. Advancing our legacy: a Black feminist perspective on the significance of mentoring for African-American women in educational leadership Cosette M. Grant 9. Inventing ourselves: an informed essay for Black female scholars in educational leadership Linda C. Tillman 10. Standing on the promises: a new generation of Black women scholars in educational leadership and beyond Judy A. Alston