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ERIC Number: ED547535
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 141
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ISBN: 978-1-2674-5048-7
Balancing Work and Family: How Female Superintendents Succeed at Work and Home
Olesniewicz, Julie
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Southern California
Women leaders in education struggle to balance work and family life. Historically, this struggle has stemmed from attempts to manage societal expectations of balancing work and family. In managing these expectations, women leaders face many challenges, which have made it difficult to maintain home responsibilities and deal with increasing demands at work. For women, these dual responsibilities sometimes make it seem impossible to find the balance they seek in their lives. Although they have made great strides in the past century, women fill only 18% of the superintendencies in this country--even though they dominate in numbers within the classroom. There are women successfully finding balance; however, what is not clearly known are the support systems and strategies that assist with this success in both the family and work domains. The primary purpose of this study was to identify support systems and strategies that allow women in leadership positions--specifically the superintendency--to maintain balance in work and life. The secondary purpose of the study was to identify the challenges that exist in society and the field of education that have prevented many women from achieving leadership positions in education while maintaining balance in work and family life. This valuable information can better prepare women as they aspire to leadership positions and defy societal expectations, finding success in both career and family life. Using interviews, activity logs, observations, and artifacts, this qualitative study investigated three female superintendents balancing the constant work demands with husbands and children at home. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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