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Master of Arts (MA)




With the use of intimate interviews, this qualitative research study employed an experiential, story-telling approach to gather a more thorough understanding of individual female experiences in leadership positions in the field of education in relation to the literature on female leadership in a gendered workforce. Although this study only included the experiences of several women leaders in the field of education in the Chicago area, the preexisting research on the topic guided the interview questions and divulged the nexus between a culture of systematic gendered hierarchy in the workplace and the strategies and characteristics of success employed by female leaders as they encounter these phenomena in daily life. Although the exact findings of this paper reflect female leaders' experiences in the field of education, the discussion following and the recommendations for future exploration has broader professional implications regarding gender equity in the workplace.

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