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.