Women and higher education leadership in Kenya: A critical analysis

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This paper undertakes a critique of the gendered nature of leadership in modern universities in Kenya. The paper argues that the inclusive nature of African feminism makes it easier for both men and women to join in this discussion since African feminism demands a more holistic perspective that does not pit men against women but encourages them to work together to address gender inequalities. The review shows that there is a need to develop policies and strategies both at national and local level geared towards increasing women's participation in decision making and leadership in higher education in Kenya. The paper provides an opportunity for reflection on problems related to the participation of academic women in leadership in higher education in Kenya and comparable systems through the changing times and settings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)667-678
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Higher Education Policy and Management
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • African feminism
  • equity
  • gender
  • higher education leadership
  • Kenya

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Public Administration


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