ERIC Number: ED421748
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Let My Spirit Soar! Narratives of Diverse Women in School Leadership.
Ah Nee-Benham, Maenette K. P.; Cooper, Joanne E.
A neglected area in school leadership research is that of minority women's leadership. This collection of essays by nine minority women in education draws on their personal experiences creating a profile of the personal differences and leadership characteristics each woman brings to her situation. The text looks at the ways that ethnic women, by virtue of their marginality, find useful ways to balance their home lives and professional lives. They learned to develop and establish webs of support, and they resisted suppression and injustice through nonconfrontation. Four themes resound throughout the text: the pervasive sense of differences; the determination and courage; a sense of compassion for children; and the redefinition of power and authority by developing relationships among equals. The women represent a diverse mix: Filipina, Latina, Cuban, lesbian, Japanese American, African American, Tamil Indian, and Chinese American. Each woman, by relating her personal stories, affords an unusual peek into the qualities of leadership and into personal and professional attributes grounded in gender and ethnicity. (Contains approximately 110 references.) (RJM)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Ethnic Bias, Instructional Leadership, Lesbianism, Minority Groups, Personal Narratives, Racial Bias, School Supervision, Sex Discrimination, Sex Stereotypes, Social Bias, Women Administrators
Corwin Press, Inc., 2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320-2218 (paper: ISBN-0-8039-6672-5; $21.95; Cloth: ISBN-0-8039-6671-7; $49.95).
Publication Type: Books; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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