Dr. Norma Winter: 16 and Pregnant to Pioneer in Education

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New memoir charts the personal and professional challenges of gender, race and leadership in school administration

Young women take their opportunities for granted. They need to understand the difficulties of women who have paved the way before them.

A pregnant 15-year-old struggling in school, Dr. Norma Winter studied and worked hard to make the best life she could. After years of study and work, she became a successful and respected member of her community, eventually becoming principal of the school she attended as a pregnant teenager.

While cutting a path through the male-dominated field of school administration in the second-half of the 20th century, Winter was witness to incredible challenges.

She describes the period of great change in American education in her memoir, “A Woman in a Man’s World.” The first female high school principal in West Virginia, Winter not only had to deal with the challenges of gender discrimination, but also significant challenges in civil rights reform and constantly changing educational standards.

When Winter entered educational administration, only 4 percent of the administration in central offices and secondary education were female. By 2000, approximately 40 percent of the secondary principles in West Virginia were female.

“Young women, including my own three granddaughters, take their opportunities for granted,” said Winter. “They should understand the struggles that other women endured to assure their opportunities.”

“A Woman in a Man’s World” not only offers an interesting view of history from a pioneer in education, but also stresses leadership. Winters gives readers a look at what it takes to be a successful leader, with anecdotes and advice that will resonate with teachers and school administrators.

“A Woman in a Man’s World”
By Norma L. Winter
ISBN: 978-0-595-48010-4
Available in softcover, hardcover, e-book
Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and iUniverse

About the author
Dr. Norma Winter was a school administrator for 16 years, eleven of which she spent as a high school principal. She served as executive director of the West Virginia Secondary School Principals Association. Norma is mother of two, grandmother of five and has one great-grandson named Abraham. Currently semiretired, she lives in Charleston, West Virginia.

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