Educational Administration, Department of


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Journal of Women in Educational Leadership, 2019

doi: 10.32873/unl.dc.jwel.192


Copyright 2019 Lixia Qin, Mario S. Torres, & Jean Madsen


International feminist perspectives recognize the continuing inequalities of power between men and women across all classes. In China’s male-dominant society, for example, women often have been inhibited from pursuing leadership positions. One particular reason that has been drawing increasing attention across the world is the lack of appropriate training and guidance in young women’s leadership. This paper probes in greater depth one of the most important, yet largely overlooked aspects in the educational leadership of China – women’s leadership roles in education and young women’s leadership preparation. Drawing from published data, literature, and the data collected by the authors, the paper provides an overview of women’ leadership roles in education and the barriers to young women’s leadership aspirations, highlights gaps in young females’ leadership preparation in China, and identifies the implications for future research and practice. By capturing these views, insights and knowledge, the paper explores the promise and potential of nurturing a new female generation of educational leaders. Although there are past studies focusing on women’s leadership in China, relatively little is known about Chinese women in education leadership especially their leadership development in education. This paper fills a gap in the literature and brings light to an overlooked aspect involving China’s school leader development.