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Tall poppies and gender imbalance

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OPINION: Undermining successful co-workers is not unique to schools, but it goes some way to explaining the under-representation of women in leadership roles.

Women occupy about 65 per cent of all teaching positions across Australian schools yet fill only 40 per cent of leadership positions as principals.

While we appear to be slowly closing the equality gap, even those with the most basic level of numeracy will be quick to realise that more work is needed to correct the imbalance.

If women are in the majority when it comes to our teaching workforce, why are they in the minority when it comes to the positions of principal?

Let’s be clear from the outset, there are multiple and complex reasons why the imbalance remains. It is certainly not as simple as saying that discrimination occurs at the point of employment of principals.

But there is a thought train arriving at many stations around the country that might provide a glimmer of insight into what many see as an intractable........

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