This text sets out to challenge the traditional power basis of the policy decision makers in education. It contests that others who have an equal right to be consulted and have their opinions known have been silenced, declared irrelevant, postponed and otherwise ignored. Policies have thus been formed and implemented without even a cursory feminist critical glance. The chapters in this text illustrate how to incorporate critical and feminist lenses and thus create policies to meet the lived realities, the needs, aspirations and values of women and girls. A particular focus is the primary and secondary sectors of education.

part |2 pages

Part I: The Legitimized Formal Policy Arena

chapter 2|15 pages

Women Managing for Diversity in a Postmodern World

ByRosemary Deem, Jenny Ozga

chapter 4|14 pages

Affirmative Action and the Status of Women in the Academy

ByJudith S. Glazer

chapter 5|18 pages

Legitimacy Maintenance: The Politics of Women’s Studies

ByCatherine Marshall, Jean O’Barr and Cynthia Gerstl-Pepin

part |2 pages

Part II: The Politics of Silence and Ambiguity

chapter 7|18 pages

Enough is Never Enough: Women’s Work in Academe

BySandra Acker, Grace Feuerverger

chapter |3 pages

Part III: New Politics, New Policy

chapter 10|4 pages

Feminist Thinking in the Classroom Right Now

Bybell hooks

chapter 11|9 pages

From Margin to Marginality: A Feminist in a PE Classroom

ByRobyn S. Lock

chapter |4 pages

Notes on Contributors