Critical Feminist Perspectives on Leadership
The study was conceived initially in response to Shirley Sandberg’s book ‘Lean In’ about how women in leadership should adopt more masculine traits. The researcher has completed studies in the past with the LGBTQ community and observed the double standards, with men being held to a different standard from these who are female, gender queer and or non-binary. Within the school of education at USF there is not a class that teaches critical feminist theories of leadership – the researcher created such a class last semester and there are 12 students enrolled – the study would partially be an analysis of their experiences as well as two other focus groups 1. Female faculty 2. Other female students at USF in the SOE who identity as critical feminist leaders.
The study has since grown to include the following ..
Participatory Action Research. Student in the Critical Feminist Perspectives class engaged in written and spoken dialogue during the process of four classes –
Students kept journals on their professional experiences outside of the class – framed with a critical feminist lens.
Students read and responded to assigned articles during class – and discussions will be recorded in journals
Students will be given time during class to respond in writing to the discussion. Students will be asked to keep a daily journal of their professional experiences where critical feminist theory is relevant – the application of the theory and the moments when the experience dissonance
Data will be reviewed and coded by the PI and research assistant using grounded theory.
Female or female identified faculty who are critical feminists will be invited to participate in a focus group discussion their experiences as feminists. Participants will be invited to keep a journal for one month to share their experiences of dissonance as critical feminists
Female or female identified students who are critical feminists with leadership experience will be invited to participate in a focus group discussion of their experiences as feminists. Participants will be invited to keep a journal for one month to share their experiences of dissonance as critical feminists