The ties that bind: Choices, decisions, and dilemmas of women in the superintendency
Despite the fact that women are qualified and possess the necessary credentials to assume the superintendency, the field continues to be dominated by men. However, there are female candidates who are poised to make the leap from the assistant superintendency to the superintendency as the number of superintendents begin to retire over the next five years. Their attitudes, beliefs, and decisions to accept or reject the position offer insights into the lack of women in the superintendency.
In this study, 27 female assistant superintendents, deputy superintendents, and superintendents representing two counties in Long Island, New York, participated in semi-structured interviews or focus groups. Data revealed that women experienced specific dilemmas concerning time, marriage, children, family, self-efficacy, aspirations, and politics in the superintendency. These issues contributed to the women's decisions to remain as assistant or deputy superintendents. Current superintendents were able to reconcile many of these issues prior to assuming the superintendency.
0453: Womens studies