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Vol. 42 (2023): Advancing Women in Leadership Journal

Female Superintendents and Negotiations: A Phenomenological Study of the Influence of Gender in the Midwest

May 8, 2022


In this qualitative study, the researcher examined 11 female superintendents’ experiences of negotiations. Six themes emerged from the semi-structured interviews: I am a Woman in a Man’s World (Still), Negotiating for Myself is Uncomfortable, The School Board Holds the Cards, Experience and Salary Data are Key, Fairness is Important, and Female Leaders Need Support. Recommendations are provided to bolster support and preparation for women’s participation in negotiation. Recommendations are also provided for future research to continue the exploration of female superintendents’ experiences of negotiations.