Ambiguous Empowerment: The Work Narratives of Women School Superintendents

Ambiguous Empowerment: The Work Narratives of Women School Superintendents

Ambiguous Empowerment: The Work Narratives of Women School Superintendents

Ambiguous Empowerment: The Work Narratives of Women School Superintendents

Synopsis

This work examines the contradictory experiences of power and subjection as experienced by women school superintendants. It draws on interviews with professional women of various ethnic and racial backgrounds heading schools in rural, small-town and urban districts across the United States.

Excerpt

This book studies the work narratives of one group of successful professional women in the contemporary United States: women who lead the nation's public schools. I focus on their stories about professional power and achievement on the one hand, and their stories about discrimination encountered in a white- and male-dominated profession on the other. I heard these stories during interviews that Colleen Bell and I conducted with women superintendents of various racial and ethnic backgrounds in rural, small-town, and urban districts across the country.

Readers who have listened to any group of professional women talk about their work experiences will likely find these stories familiar. Like other successful women who work in male- and white- dominated professions, women superintendents . . .

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