Univ of New York Press Tells the story of women and school leadership in America from the common school era to the present. Offers an historical account of how teaching became women's work and the school superintendency men's.
Book News Blount (curriculum and instruction, Iowa State U.) takes her title from a proclamation by the superintendent of the Chicago schools in 1909, that because nearly 80% of teachers were women, they would soon dominate administration as well. She describes the era, and how backlash against single women educators after World War and a rigid realignment of gender roles in schools led to a rapid decline in women administrators that has changed little to the present. She suggests that the positions were made appointive to reduce the influence of newly enfranchised women voters, and explores the role of homophobia in creating and perpetuating the rigid gender roles. One chapter has been published separately. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.