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Journal of Women in Educational Leadership, Vol. 4, No.4-October 2006 ISSN: 1541-6224


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Leaders Who Dare provides anecdotal and analytical accounts of leadership by outstanding women educators in Illinois. Initially "an ambitious passionate project ... to tell the stories of Illinois' outstanding women educators, many who have been honored at Dare to Be Great conferences" (p. xi), the book documents the work of women honored annually by the Illinois Women Administrators (IWA) organization for daring" ... to lead themselves and others to new possibilities" (p. xv). The book's purpose is to describe the "how and why of the leadership practices of outstanding Illinois leaders .... " (p. 3). These stories of leaders within one state highlight the importance of understanding and, at times, challenging local and state organizational, political, and social contexts in the practice of educational leadership.