Women Working In Information Technology
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.
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
"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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