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.

chapter Chapter 1|22 pages

Policy Analysis for Postsecondary Education

Feminist and Critical Perspectives

part 1|74 pages

The Legitimized Formal Policy Arena

chapter Chapter 3|19 pages

Simply Not Good Chaps

Unravelling Gender Equity in a South African University

chapter Chapter 5|23 pages

Legitimacy Maintenance

The Politics of Women’s Studies

part II|60 pages

The Politics of Silence and Ambiguity

chapter Chapter 6|23 pages

Refraining Research, Informing Policy

Another View of Women in the Mathematics/Science Pipeline

part III|54 pages

New Politics, New Policy

chapter Chapter 9|14 pages

School Identities and Subject Positions

Building a Feminist Policy within Schools for Adults

chapter Chapter 10|5 pages

Feminist Thinking in the Classroom Right Now *

chapter Chapter 11|10 pages

From Margin to Marginality

A Feminist in a PE Classroom