More Women Found In NC Classrooms Than In Offices

While women hold nearly eight out of 10 teaching positions in North Carolina, far fewer are found as principals or administrators.

The Asheville Citizen Times reports that slightly more than half of all principals and top district administrators in North Carolina last year were women. That's despite the fact that women hold almost 80 percent of all teaching jobs.

Of all school district superintendents, 84 percent are men.

June Atkinson was elected North Carolina's first female state superintendent of public instruction in 2004.

Experts and educators point out that women often play greater roles in raising children, making it harder to handle a demanding work schedule and delaying a climb up the career ladder.


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  • by Discouraged... Location: Onslow County on Dec 1, 2009 at 06:16 AM
    Then Onslow County is either an anomaly or a glass ceiling for men is in place. Our 2009-10 student population is approximately 24,000 and we currently have 37 educational facilities which include 20 elementary schools, 8 middle schools, 7 high schools, 1 early childhood development center, and 1 alternative learning program. There are only a handful of male Principals and there are no males promoted to positions in charge of personnel (other than an office assistant) or budgets other than maintenance and media hardware support. Some qualified men feel discouraged from seeking advancement to higher positions by the current status quo.
  • by To Chase on Nov 29, 2009 at 11:12 PM
    The first paragraph contradicts the second?? Lets walk through this together, shall we? The first paragraph says that women account for 80% of all teaching positions. It also says far fewer (than the 80%) are found as principals and administrators. They are basically saying the amount of female teachers and female administrators are not proportionate. Now, on to paragraph dos. It says that slightly more than half of all principals and administrators are female. What is slightly more than half? Lets just assume 50-55%. Well, if females account for 50-55% of principals/administrators, then that supports the figures in paragraph 1 that states 80% of teachers are females and far fewer are administrators. Thank you class.
  • by j Location: d on Nov 29, 2009 at 06:07 PM
    Does anyone consider that most women who have children may take time off for a few years to raise the child, which puts them behind. Or how about some women teachers who choose the profession in order to be with their children daily and do not desire or have time to pursue masters or docorate programs required to move up.
  • by teacher on Nov 29, 2009 at 04:53 PM
    Even education has a glass ceiling. There is a minimum number of females that can be hired in order to be considered equal opportunity. Once that quota is met, forget it, men get the remainder of the jobs.
  • by Chase on Nov 29, 2009 at 01:59 PM
    The first paragraph contradicts the second and vice versa.The last paragraph does to on this story.Experts?Experts in what?Psycho-Babble!If a woman is a teacher and she wants to futher her career she already has her foot in the door.This is not a third world country(yet).
  • by Randy R. Location: Hoebucken on Nov 29, 2009 at 01:34 PM
    No doubt spreadin there feminist agenda.
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