Women’s Stories of Working in IT: How Personal Stories Can Help Understand Girls’ Involvement in IT
Lorraine Beaudin, University of Lethbridge, Canada
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Charleston, SC, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-67-9 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA
There is much dialogue about the gender gap and technology, yet to date, little insight is offered as to how we can increase young girls participation in IT. Interestingly the whole area of ICT is a relatively new field in education (ie no historical male dominated control), yet we still see a significant under representation by young females. Why is that? Are there unique challenges and barriers for women in IT, if so how might we correct this? If not, why might female underrepresentation in IT be the reality today. This paper summarizes a collection of stories, poems and writings from successful female IT academics and professionals and outlines themes that emerged within the contributions. These themes are outlined and presented into a foundational structure for developing guidelines and approaches for promoting technology to young females. The key questions for this study are, Can stories of women in IT help make sense of young females’ lack of participation in IT? And, Is there a female approach to technology that might better attract young women to technology?
Beaudin, L. (2009). Women’s Stories of Working in IT: How Personal Stories Can Help Understand Girls’ Involvement in IT. In I. Gibson, R. Weber, K. McFerrin, R. Carlsen & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2009--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 3373-3374). Charleston, SC, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).