We Are the Leaders We've Been Waiting for: Women and Leadership Development in College

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Stylus Publishing (VA)
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6.2 X 9.1 X 0.9 inches | 0.95 pounds
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About the Author

Julie Owen, PhD, is Associate Professor of Leadership Studies at the School of Integrative Studies, George Mason University, where she coordinates the leadership studies major and minor, and is affiliate faculty with the Higher Education Program, and with Women and Gender Studies. Owen has authored over 30 publications, including serving as co-editor of the Handbook for Student Leadership Development, and editor of Innovative Learning for Leadership Development (New Directions for Student Leadership Series No.1).
Kristen A. Renn is Professor of Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education at Michigan State University where she also serves as Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies for Student Success Research. Her contributions to scholarly and professional communities of practice in student affairs and higher education include leadership in the American College Personnel Association (ACPA), the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), and the American Education Research Association (AERA).


"This book covers complex topics spanning the personal and professional lives of women and the connection to leadership using a thorough explanation of relevant theories and narratives. Context matters, and Julie Owen covers concisely the social and historical developments that have defined our identities, how we think, how we feel, and how we shape our lives and actions. This book is truly a must-read and, as the author suggests, it is a 'a critical moment for women and leadership.'"

--Sadhana Warty Hall, Deputy Director "The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center at Dartmouth College "

From the Foreword:

"We Are The Leaders We've Been Waiting For is the student leadership textbook WE have been waiting for!

Julie's student-facing book is particularly accessible to college students because she features students' voices throughout the text.

The book situates intersectional identities, critical consciousness, and student development theory lenses. Centering the experiences and concerns of women from a range of backgrounds and identities makes space for intersectional considerations, creates counter-spaces within leadership literature, and provides possibility models for a world where leaders come in all genders, races, ethnicities, and other identities.

It complicates the gendered notions of 'women's leadership' by separating these two words... in what ways is the possessive 'women's' limiting the readers broader understanding of leadership? Is there such a thing as a universal 'woman' whose leadership should be emulated? This text also delves more deeply into the concept of 'feminine' versus 'feminist' leadership, which is sorely needed.

We believe this book will be useful for students interested in women's experiences in leadership and the educators who work with them. It will be useful to leadership educators in all settings, and particularly those educators who seek to center women's experiences. Student affairs administrators across functional areas may find it useful in their work with students and for their own professional development and exploration. Faculty teaching leadership courses will resonate with the content, as will advisors of student organizations. Activists on and off campus will find inspiration, challenge, and resonance."

--Heather D. Shea and Kristen A. Renn "Michigan State University "
"We are the Leaders We've Been Waiting For is the book that many of us who are gender and leadership scholars have been waiting for to use with our women-identified students for years! Julie Owen has put together a brilliant volume that highlights the ways socially constructed ideas of leadership and gender influence girls and women's practice of leadership. In particular, the narratives and counternarratives from students in Dr. Owen's courses shed powerful light on their experiences and illuminate real-life examples of the concepts discussed in this book."--Daniel Tillapaugh, Associate Professor and Chair, Counselor Education "California Lutheran University "
"Julie Owen's book We are the Leaders We've Been Waiting For is masterful. Far more than a book about women's leadership. Owen weaves a complex yet accessible narrative that is rooted in feminist and intersectional theory and exposes so much more than just barriers to women's leadership, but also a range of areas of gender inequality from the pay gap to sexual violence. In each chapter, Owen features the narrative of one of her students or colleagues, a strategy that makes accessing complex ideas feel like a conversation the reader is having with a trusted friend. The active learning exercises make this book a must have not only for courses on feminist leadership, but also an ideal tool for anyone exploring their own leadership. I finished the book more confident that I can be and maybe am a leader I've always waited for!"--Angela Hattery, Professor and Director, Women and Gender Studies "George Mason University "
"We Are the Leaders We've Been Waiting For is a compelling and necessary contribution to the scholarship on leadership and gender. Julie Owen integrates foundational and contemporary concepts and frameworks with powerful narrative in thoughtful and critical ways to advance our understanding of women's leadership. The book will undoubtedly transform students, educators, and our world. I can confidently say this is the book I've been waiting for."--Paige Haber-Curran, Associate Professor "Texas State University "