Most teachers are women. But male educators take a ‘glass elevator’ to leadership positions

Boston Business Journal
By Stephanie Ebbert
November 18, 2021

Ever notice that school systems are typically led by male superintendents while the teaching staff predominantly consists of women?

A new report confirms that disparity, finding that women represent 76 percent of teachers in Massachusetts’ largest public schools but only 39 percent of the superintendents.

Thirty-one of the state’s largest public school districts, including liberal bastions Brookline and Newton, have never hired a woman superintendent. Even more dramatically, 143 systems have never had a superintendent of color, according to the report from the Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy and the Women’s Power Gap Initiative of the Eos Foundation.

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