Women Leading in Education Across Continents

Gender & Education -Towards New Strategies of Leadership and Power
2nd International Women´s Leadership Conference

Augsburg, Germany 2009

University of Augsburg in cooperation with the Women’s Special Interest Group (SIG) of the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA), the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), Cardinal Stritch University, Duquesne University, and the Frauenakademie Munich (FAM).This conference dealt with gender and education, and the question of more social justice in this field. New strategies for women are needed to access high level leadership positions in schools and in academic careers. For this reason gender equity in the educational system is an important topic of research and an urgent social demand in the EU, the US and around the world. In this context, all educational levels from pre-school, primary school, secondary school up to university are to be considered.Although women comprise the majority of the teaching force, they are distinctly underrepresented in positions of higher leadership and administration. In this conference we asked, “What are the challenges as well as resources that influence how women enter and pursue positions of educational leadership?”A major goal of the conference was to develop consensus about systematic collaborative research to be conducted across the continents. This research can impact policy development and advance the cause of women in educational leadership as an issue of social justice around the globe.The main topics of the conference have been:- Comparative Gender Research- Gender and School System- Gender in Academia.