A Portrayal of Women Educational Leadership in Pakistan

Dr. Samina Malik*
Assistant Professor, Department of Education, International Islamic University, Islamabad, Pakistan.
Periodicity:August - October'2011
DOI : https://doi.org/10.26634/jpsy.5.2.1613


The researcher is stimulated to work on the growing trends of women leadership. The problem has been designed to investigate the factors influencing the emergence of women leadership at higher education level in Pakistan. On the basis of the studies conducted by Oplatka (2006) and Cubillo, Brown, 2003, it was assumed that specific factors influence the emergence of the women success in the society.

The researcher used a mechanism of interacting with ten successful women leaders through in-depth semi-structured interviews to find out the secret of attaining their positions as leaders. The study led to the findings that women in leading positions were highly motivated and ambitious. Their elevated positions were attributed to their supportive families (particularly the father and husband), who valued education, and their equal treatment with their male siblings. They were challenged by the incongruence of their roles as female leaders relative to the prevailing social values and expectations towards women and their traditional role in society.


Women, Leadership, Higher Education, Pakistan

How to Cite this Article?

Samina Malik (2011). A Portrayal of Women Educational Leadership in Pakistan. i-manager’s Journal on Educational Psychology, 5(2), 37-44. https://doi.org/10.26634/jpsy.5.2.1613


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