NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Back to results
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
ERIC Number: EJ859474
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1541-6224
Women Superintendents in Illinois: Gender Barriers and Challenges
VanTuyle, Vicki; Watkins, Sandra G.
Journal of Women in Educational Leadership, v7 n3 p135-151 Jul 2009
Women face unique challenges as superintendents. This study determined barriers women face as superintendents and elicited reasons why these women would consider leaving the superintendent's position. Thirty-nine PreK-12 women superintendents in Illinois participated in a web-based survey in January 2008. Survey items included information regarding characteristics, pathways to the superintendency, personal barriers, professional barriers, and factors that would cause women to consider leaving the superintendency. Respondents identified familial responsibilities, gender discrimination, employment opportunities, and self-confidence as major barriers. Factors that would cause women superintendents to leave their position included employment opportunities, familial responsibilities, and peer support. Six women were also personally interviewed to clarify survey responses and to gain greater insights regarding the barriers. The women indicated that they had experienced barriers related to gender discrimination and familial responsibilities. These barriers did not contribute to the superintendents leaving their current positions. Their reasons for seeking new positions would be to pursue opportunities that would enhance their professional experiences or improve their compensation. (Contains 1 table.)
ProActive Publications. 439 North Duke Street, Lancaster, PA 17602. Tel: 717-290-1660; Fax: 717-509-6100; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois