Women Leading in Education Across Continents

Women Leading Education Across the Continents - 
Sharing the Spirit, Fanning the Flame 
1st International Women´s Leadership Conference

Rome, Italy 2007

Scholars across the globe created the Women Leading Education Across the Continents (WLE) group at a conference held in Rome in 2007.  The goal was to fill a vacuum of information – an understanding of the status of women in educational leadership, in both basic and higher education, from both a qualitative and quantitative view.  The group emerged with the following goals: to gather data from an increasing number of countries across all continents regarding the number of women represented in positions of leadership in both higher and basic education; to describe issues which either are barriers or facilitators regarding the ability of women to attain the highest levels of educational leadership; to bring those issues to life through an analysis of the lives and stories of women within the group; to impact research, policy making and practice through wide presentation, publication and an online gender audit.Our first book, Sharing the Spirit, Fanning the Flame: Women Leading Education Across the Continents, provides the content from the first conference.  We would like to bring to life the quote from St. Hildegard of Bingen from Germany in the 12th Century, “The woman was in the flame but not consumed by it.  Rather it flowed from her.”  Go forth from here and fan the flame of social justice which so powerfully impacts those who lead the education of our future leaders – our children.