More from the Grace Gist interview of Bridgewater-Raritan’s Connors:
As a vice principal, [Connors] had to attend monthly County Vice Principal’s Meetings. Out of the nineteen in the group, she was the only woman. Many of them found that here was a female vice principal rather funny, gently harassing her about it. All except one; one directly came out and said, “I wanted to welcome you to the county, I’m ashamed of my colleagues.” The rest of them gave him a bit of “flack” for it, but as the meeting went on they let it drop. Teachers and other principals weren’t the only ones a bit shaken by a female administrator; parents didn’t like the idea of a woman disciplinarian. [Emphasis added.]
This sounds like more of Mary Elizabeth Connors’ nonsense. At the time she was hired (1970), there was at least Marilyn Topcik as a principal in the system. And nowhere in the public record has Mrs. Topcik indicated the same alleged discrimination that Connors, frankly, was known for even on the payroll.
And the part I bolded is hard to understand. Raritan Borough at the time was an even more significant portion of Bridgewater-Raritan. And with St. Ann’s, St. Bernard’s and St. Joseph’s, generations of Catholic locals were very used to “woman disciplinarians”. From what I understood from my own extended family, the nuns back-in-the-day used to also use corporal punishment (unless a parent intervened and then there was an uncomfortable situation.)