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Feminist Theories and Gender Inequalities: Headteachers, Staff, and Children

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The connection feminists have made between the personal and the political is no less relevant in the twenty-first century than in the 1960–1970s when it became the message of second-wave feminism. Education feminists have linked personal experiences with feminist research projects about girls and women’s experiences to engage with epistemologies and methodologies that speak back to traditional ways of knowing about education and educational leadership. Such research might be about researchers, educators, leaders, or children, young people, and adult learners. Thus, feminist standpoint theory values women’s “insider” perspectives; their standpoints uncover unequal power relations beyond the individual at organizational, social, and political levels. This entry provides first an overview of feminist theories. Next, there is an overview of literature concerned with leadership for equality, diversity, and social justice. In the following section, Fraser’s (2007) framework of...

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Fuller, K. (2015). Feminist Theories and Gender Inequalities: Headteachers, Staff, and Children. In: Peters, M. (eds) Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory. Springer, Singapore.

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