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Women Elementary Principals' Perceptions of Work-life Balance Within their Organizational and Personal Contexts

Work-life balance is a challenge for principals to navigate as the ever-increasing responsibilities of the role as principal requires more time. Because time is limited, achieving balance between principals’ workloads and home responsibilities can cause a significant amount of stress. Often, women principals face additional challenges because of childcare and household responsibilities. to support principals in their practice and encourage them to enter and persist in the role, better policies and practices should be implemented at the district level. by providing more site level staffing support, fostering a culture where WLB is valued, releasing principals from non-essential meetings and obligations, and training principals to prioritize tasks, districts can help mitigate the stress and conflict principals experience due to the challenges of WLB.

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