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ERIC Number: EJ1172797
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1551-0670
Who Should Be Our Leader? Examining Female Representation in the Principalship across Geographic Locales in Texas Public Schools
Fuller, Edward J.; Pendola, Andrew; LeMay, Marie
Journal of Research in Rural Education, v34 n4 spec iss 2018
Since the 1970s, there has been keen interest in examining gender representation in leadership positions across various areas of employment, including K-12 education. Indeed, there have been long-standing concerns about the percentage of women principals. Few studies, however, have examined the percentages of women principals at different schooling levels (elementary, middle, and high schools) and across different geographic locales. In this study, we rely on 23 years of employment data for Texas public schools to examine the percentage of employed principals and newly hired principals who were women by school level and geographic locale. We also employ logistic regression to identify the independent effect of a school being located in a rural area on the odds of a school hiring a woman to be principal. We find that schools in all locales evidence an increase in hiring women as principals--particularly during the 1990s. We also find schools located in rural areas--both inside and outside metropolitan statistical areas--were less likely than schools located in large cities and large suburbs to employ a woman principal and hire a woman to fill a vacancy in the principalship.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Texas
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