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Still Alone at the Table? Women Working in Technology Organizations

  • Marilyn DruryEmail author
Part of the International Handbooks of Quality-of-Life book series (IHQL)

Abstract

Women working in information technology (IT) organizations experience a variety of challenges related to traditionally male dominated IT organizational cultures. As competition for IT staff has become global, IT organizations must realize that a great source for staff can be found in women. Unfortunately, the gendered elements of organizations, particularly IT environments, tend to promote male traditions, processes, and environments. Organizations must start reducing barriers, becoming more diverse, and invest in creating opportunities for women to enter and succeed in IT professions. Women seeking IT careers and advancement must understand gendered hegemonies and pursue actions to address and overcome challenges they encounter so they are no longer alone at the table.

Keywords

Information technology Gendered organizations Computing jobs Mentor Sponsor Recruiting women Retaining women Diversity Barriers Obstacles Opportunities Technology 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Emeritus, ITS Educational TechnologyUniversity of Northern IowaCedar FallsUSA

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