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

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Norma T. Mertz
SUNY Press, Mar 5, 2009 - Education - 203 pages
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These are the inspiring and illuminating stories of women professors who first broke into the exclusive, all-male academic club of educational administration. Women of this pioneering generation tell how they overcame daunting challenges, traumas, the naiveté of others, sexual harassment, and retaliation, as well as how they encountered unexpected kindness and support along the way. Their difficult paths, complex choices, and triumphs are revealed through the experiences of the first black woman professor in educational administration, a fight to the death for tenure, a genteel southerner’s confrontation with the aloof North, and a brash northerner’s survival of the cultural complexities of the South. These stories speak not simply to women, but to all trailblazers in the workplace, and to those still facing discrimination and relegated to outsider status.
 

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Contents

Framing the Stories
1
A First Woman with Clout
13
Breaking Through
27
Nothing Except a Battle Lost Can Be Half So Melancholy as a Battle Won
37
Traversing the Fault Line
51
Where the Boys Were With Apologies to Connie Francis
67
Goodness of Fit
79
First Ladies in the Academy
91
Resistance and Determination Faculty Experiences of a Women Religious
125
From the Bush to the Ivory Tower
141
One Womans Struggle to Include and Be Included
155
Being First Stories of Social Complexities
167
My Life as a Trophy
175
Making Meaning of the Stories
187
Unfinished Uncertain Chronology of Womens Entry into the AllMale Educational Administration Professoriate
199
Contributors
201

From School Administrator to University Professor
103
The Accidental Professor
115

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Norma T. Mertz is Professor of Higher Education Administration at the University of Tennessee and coeditor (with Vincent A. Anfara Jr.) of Theoretical Frameworks in Qualitative Research.

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