Women’s Press
Canada’s leading academic feminist publisher
Canada’s leading academic feminist publisher
248 pages
6.75 x 9.75 inches
October 2004
Print ISBN: 9781894549370
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From the boom of the 1990s to the bust of early 2000, women have been carving out careers in information technology. For these IT workers, it is not just about earning a living but about applying their technological, scientific and engineering skills and knowledge. Doing IT demonstrates that women fill a wide variety of these technological occupations, yet continue to face barriers preventing them from reaching their full professional potential.

Scott-Dixon examines the IT environment's traditional workplace that keeps gender, race, class, ability and pay inequities firmly in place. Drawing on personal interviews, she shows that despite these barriers, women in IT bring passion to their jobs and draw on their wit, intelligence and creative resourcefulness to shape their career paths. Doing IT is an invigorating conversation among women in search of greater employment opportunities.

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Table of Contents


Introduction: Women's Work in Information Technology

Chapter 1: Women's IT Work in Context

Chapter 2: The Struggle for Skills

Chapter 3: Great Promises versus Material Realities

Chapter 4: New Work versus Same Old, Same Old

Chapter 5: Looking Ahead

Appendix A: Data on Paid and Unpaid Work

Appendix B: Interview Participants

Selected Bibliography

Krista Scott-Dixon

Krista Scott-Dixon has a PhD in Women's Studies and currently teaches and does research at York University. She is one of the editors of Trans-Health.com, an online health and fitness zine for trans people, and the author of Doing IT: Women Working in Information Technology.

Doing IT, Trans/forming Feminisms


"Doing IT: Women Working in Information Technology is a provocative and original account of women's employment in IT in Canada. The power of this book lies in Schott-Dixon's thoughtful exploration of deceptively simple questions such as what is IT work and what are the chief features of so-called hybrid occupations? Doing IT offers a level of sophistication, dept and clarity found rarely in accounts of women's encounters with technology — it is essential reading for anyone interested in the future of women's employment in Canada."
—  Dr. Leah F. Vosko, Canada Research Chair in Feminist Political Economy, York University

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