What is it about?

The article explores some of the roles, reflections and experiences of black female leaders in education. There are fewer than 1% of black female professors in the United Kingdom. Within the education system, many female black leaders have struggled to gain entry into senior leadership roles. This can be evidenced in primary, secondary, further and higher education contexts. Further challenges are associated with the recruitment processes and the stereotypes of black female educators. It is important to identify the barriers to achieving diversity as well as the important contribution that black female leaders can bring to the education system.

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Why is it important?

It is important to reflect on the societal and organisational structures that can hinder the progress of black female leaders. The findings show that for changes to be made, the embedded structures of racism and white supremacy need to be dismantled in preparation for an education system that is based on equitable practices and processes.


It has been a great pleasure to write this article and reflect on the current research and barriers affecting black female leaders in education. I hope this article promotes thought and reflection. Education is such an important area of the development of others so the article aims to forward some of the key challenges, research and experience of black educators.

University of Birmingham

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This page is a summary of: Black Female Leaders in Education, Role, Reflections, and Experiences, November 2019, Springer Science + Business Media, DOI: 10.1007/978-981-13-1179-6_376-1.
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