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Oregon is losing female school superintendents, new study highlights why

Christy Perry, superintendent of the Salem-Keizer School District, is seen in the reflection of a mirror in her office. Despite overseeing a teacher workforce that is overwhelmingly made up of women, just 25% of Oregon superintendents are women. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

In Oregon, school districts filled 29 openings for school superintendents this year.

Just eight were women. Of those, only three got contracts for more than a year. 

Such figures illustrate the gender gap playing out in hiring and retention among the state’s school district leaders, where men make up 75% of school superintendents, according to a new state report.

The study – “Just Not Ready For A Female: An Examination of the Inequities in Oregon’s Superintendency