Educational Administration, Department of


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Journal o/Women in Educational Leadership, Vol. 1, No. 2-April 2003 ISSN: 1541-6224


© 2003 Pro>Active Publications


This study presents the challenges women face in educational administration from the perspective of female high school principals. Eight women high school principals participated in the qualitative study that focused on their careers, the conflicts between their personal and professional roles, and the impact of gender on the high school principalship. The participants acknowledged the importance of encouragement and mentoring in their decisions to become high school principals. They continued to be affected by the male image of the high school principal. They sought support from other female leaders as well as offered mentoring to women aspiring to administrative positions. The participants recognized that role conflict was a factor contributing to whether or not women would pursue the high school principalship.