Women and Leadership Development in College

A Facilitation Resource

June 2021
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  • ISBN 9781642670134
  • Language English
  • Pages 192 pp.
  • Size 8.5" x 11"
  • Images 9 illustrations
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  • Pages 192 pp.
  • Size 8.5" x 11"
  • Images 9 illustrations
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  • Pages 192 pp.
  • Size 8.5" x 11"
  • Images 9 illustrations
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As leadership educators shift from teacher- to learner-centered environments, from hierarchical to shared responsibility for learning, and from absolute to constructed ways of knowing, a desire for new inclusive and creative pedagogies is also emerging. This text includes over 40 easy-to-follow modules related to women and leadership development crafted by experienced leadership educators and practitioners. Each module includes includes learning objectives, detailed instructions, and ideas for adapting the module to diverse learning spaces and audiences. Here are but a few of the critical questions that are addressed in the modules:

• How do we make explicit the complexities of power in leadership and in the stories we tell ourselves about feminism and gender in leadership?
• How can we interrogate and deconstruct dominant narratives and invite intersectionality? Whose voices are missing or silenced in content and process?
• What practices build leadership efficacy and habits of critical self-reflection?
• What are the effects of stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination in leadership?
• How are learning and leadership both individual and collective processes?
• How do we develop critical consciousness and maintain hope in the face of the long arc of structural change?

This text is a detailed resource for anyone interested in women and leadership education, whether through a full-length course, a weekend workshop, or a one-time topical session. It also serves as a companion to the book We are the Leaders We’ve Been Waiting For: Women and Leadership Development in College (Owen, 2020).

From the Foreword:
“This book is a testament to [the editors’] commitment to helping all students -- but centering women, in particular -- think critically about the ways gender and leadership are intertwined in systems of power, privilege, and oppression. The lessons provided in this text promise to serve as powerful learning experiences for learners to gain critical self-awareness around their own identities and leadership practice. This text is a gift to the field of leadership education and will undoubtedly empower and help prepare the next generation of leaders in our society. ”

Paige Haber-Curran, associate professor at Texas State University; and Daniel Tillapaugh, associate professor at California Lutheran University

Foreword—Paige Haber-Curran and Daniel Tillapaugh
How to Use This Resource

Section One: A Critical Moment for Women & Leadership
1.1       Dominant Ideologies and Hegemonic Mechanisms Impacting Women’s Leadership—R.J. Youngblood
1.2       Understanding the Terminology of Gender—Daniel Tillapaugh
1.3       Reviewing the Three (Four?) Waves of Feminism (plus handouts)—Heather D. Shea
1.4       Aligned and Coherent Assessment, Pedagogy, and Curriculum: Connections for Student Success—Amy Driscoll
1.5       “Add Women, Change Everything”: Disrupting the Leadership Story Most Often Told— Natasha T. Turman and Shamika Karikari

Section Two: Who am I to Lead? The Role of Identity, Intersectionality, and Efficacy in Leadership Development
2.1       Developing Leadership Efficacy through Critical Self-Reflection— Melissa Rocco
2.2       The Puzzle of Predecessors, Instigators & Inheritors—Katherine Quigley
2.3       The Johari Window: A View into Leadership—Aoi Yamanaka and Sharrell Hassell-Goodman
2.4       Who am I to Lead?— Arnele Francis and Rukan Said
2.5       Leadership Identity Development: Letter to My Future Self—Erika Cohen-Derr

Section Three: How Did We Get Here? How Gender Socialization Shapes Women in Leadership
3.1       Key Concepts of Gender Socialization & Media Influences—Paige Haber-Curran and Grisell Pérez-Carey
3.2       The Mythical Norms of Leadership—Adrian Bitton and Danyelle Reynolds
3.3       Formative Influences Shaping Women’s Leadership: Gender Socialization Timeline—Paige Haber-Curran
3.4       Personal Leadership Fairytale Rewrite—Misty Krell

Section Four: Feminine or Feminist Approaches? Leading Across Campus and Community
4.1       The Role of Men and Gender-Nonconforming Individuals in Feminist Leadership—Keith E. Edwards
4.2       Cross-Cultural Issues & Opportunities in Leadership (+ handout)—Aoi Yamanaka
4.3       Gender and Leadership in Non-Western Cultures—Aoi Yamanaka
4.4       Exercising Feminine & Feminist Leadership: A Storytelling and Echoes Experience—Jennifer M. Pigza

Section Five: What Difference Does Difference Make? The Effects of Stereotypes, Prejudice, and Discrimination on Representation and Leadership 
5.1       The Gender Wage Gap—Cher Weixia Chen
5.2       The Effects of Stereotypes, Prejudice, and Discrimination on Women’s Leadership—Graziella Pagliarulo McCarron
5.3       A Critical Reflection of Gender Bias in Leadership—Leigh Amadi Dunewood, Natasha H. Chapman, and Stephanie Chang
5.4       Exploring Different Forms of Resistance to Women’s Leadership: An Exercise in Terminology—Julie E. Owen

Section Six: Navigating Organizations and Systems: Metaphors for Women in Leadership
6.1       Applying a Critical Lens: Why Can’t Women Just Lean In?—Amy C. Barnes
6.2       Environmental Scans & Communal Change—Megan J. Hennessey
6.3       On-Ramps & Off-Ramps: Narratives of Professional Journey—Graziella Pagliarulo McCarron and Jennifer M. Pigza
6.4       Personal Leadership Labyrinths—Julie E. Owen

Section Seven: Beware of Precarious Pedestals: De-Gendering Leadership
7.1       Dominant Narratives & Counternarratives: De-Gendering Leadership—Daniel Tillapaugh
7.2       Engaging a Critical Lens on Gender to Enact Change in Leadership—Trisha Teig and Kathy L. Guthrie
7.3       Gendered Leadership, Precarious Pedestals, and Beyond—Adrian Bitton and Danyelle Reynolds
7.4       Narratives of Gender & Leadership: A Modified Fishbowl Conversation—Jennifer M. Pigza

Section Eight: Reimagining Women and Leadership: Strategies, Allies, and Critical Hope
8.1       Developing a Liberatory Consciousness—Michaela Daystar
8.2       Social Change & Inclusive Social Movements: A Case Study—Adrian Bitton and Danyelle Reynolds
8.3       Leadership Action Plan: Committing to the Struggle and Sustaining Critical Hope (+ handout)—Maritza Torres and Erica Wiborg
8.4       Practicing Critical Hope in Leadership—Nolizwe M. Nondabula and Karin M. Cotterman
8.5       Diverse Levers for Social Change & Personal Action—Kristen Wright
8.6       My Authentic Self: “Ain’t I a Woman?”—Arnele Francis and Rukan Said

About the Authors

Jennifer M. Pigza

Jennifer M. Pigza is Director of the Catholic Institute for Lasallian Social Action, the center for community engagement and place-based justice at Saint Mary’s College of California, where she is also an adjunct assistant professor of leadership. She is co-editor of Leadership Development through Service-Learning (New Directions for Student Leadership series) and is founding co-editor of the journal Engaging Pedagogies in Catholic Higher Education (EPiCHE). Her writing and practice focus on critical pedagogy, leadership development through community engagement, and organizational leadership.

Julie E. Owen

Julie Owen, PhD, is Associate Professor of Leadership Studies at the School of Integrative Studies, George Mason University, where she coordinates the leadership studies major and minor, and is affiliate faculty with the Higher Education Program, and with Women and Gender Studies. Owen has authored over 30 publications, including serving as co-editor of the Handbook for Student Leadership Development, and editor of  Innovative Learning for Leadership Development (New Directions for Student Leadership Series No.1).


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Leadership; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Feminism; Gender; Leadership Development