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Breaking into the All-Male Club: Female Professors of Educational Administration


reviewed by Carol Issac — August 24, 2009

coverTitle: Breaking into the All-Male Club: Female Professors of Educational Administration
Author(s): Norma T. Mertz
Publisher: State University of New York Press, Albany
ISBN: 1438424965, Pages: 203, Year: 2009
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Mertz’s Breaking into the All-Male Club is a collection of stories told by women academics who served in educational administration during the 1970s and 1980s as they attempt to integrate, interpret, and understand their experiences. This book reads as a “who’s who” of women in educational administration, all who were “firsts” in their departments. Although women constituted 88% of elementary school teachers and 49% of secondary school teachers in the 1970s, they were only .01% of superintendents, 5% of assistant superintendents, 2% of high school principals, and 20% of elementary school principals (National Educational Association, 1973). During this timeframe, the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) reported that 98% of educational administration faculty were male (Blount, 1998).   As a newly-minted PhD whose research focuses on women’s leadership in higher education, I was struck by the similarities of these women’s “stories, dilemmas, and solutions” (p. 99). These are independent individuals who... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: August 24, 2009
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15759, Date Accessed: 6/24/2018 1:43:52 AM

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  • Carol Issac
    University of Wisconsin-Madison
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    CAROL A. ISAAC, PhD, PT is a researcher at the Center for Women’s Health Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her areas of interest are gender, power, and leadership in higher education. Her recent publications include: Isaac C. A., Lee B. L., Carnes, M. Interventions that affect gender bias in hiring: A systematic review. Academic Medicine. 2009; (in press). Isaac, C. A., Behar-Horenstein, L. S., & Koro-Ljungberg, M. (2009). Women deans: leadership becoming. International Journal of Leadership in Education, 12(2), 135-153. Isaac, C. A., & Franceschi, A. (2008). EBM: evidence to practice and practice to evidence. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, 14(5), 656-659. Isaac, C. A. (2007). By Their Own Hand: Irreconcilable Silence. Qualitative Inquiry, 13(8), 1209. She recently authored Women Deans: Patterns of Power (University Press of America, 2007). Her current research focuses on women’s leadership in the biomedical sciences.
 
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