Women in Leadership in the Education Sector in India

  • Madhulika Sagaram
  • Prabhjot Kaur Mahal
Part of the Current Perspectives on Asian Women in Leadership book series (CPAWL)


Women have often been limited in India in their roles due to socio-cultural constraints, including politicization, rigid social norms, and expectations prioritizing family over career. Complexity in the social structure and a heterogeneous population of more than a billion varying in culture and religion have made it difficult for governments and institutions to implement policies that are inclusive and not gendered. In this chapter, we outline the scope of engagement of women leaders in the education sector in the last 70 years, including kindergarten through higher education, and elucidate their achievements. The purpose of this chapter is to analyze models, statistics, barriers, and challenges for women leaders in education, along with opportunities in the education sector in India.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Madhulika Sagaram
    • 1
  • Prabhjot Kaur Mahal
    • 2
  1. 1.Ajahn Education FoundationHyderabadIndia
  2. 2.Chandigarh Group of Colleges—Technical Campus, Punjab Technical UniversityMohaliIndia

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