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This exploratory paper examines the various challenges that women working in information and communications technology (ICT) in England face in relation to their age, their life stage, and their career stage, with these three aspects being at least partially related. We first examine the literature currently available in relation to women, age and ICT work, arguing that age tends to be the forgotten variable in research on women in ICT. Using eight case studies of individual female ICT professionals in their twenties, thirties, forties, and fifties, we explore the nuances of experience these women have in relation to their career and their caring responsibilities. We consider the possibility that women in ICT may have heterogeneous experiences of working in what are often "masculinized" environments related to, but not determined by, their age. Based on our interpretations of our empirical data, we adapt Super's career-stage theory to better frame our subsequent theoretical assertions. To conclude, we suggest that exploring age, life stage, and/or career stage in relation to female ICT professionals' circumstances and experiences means that we can better theorize gender in the field of information systems, and hence develop more relevant gender inclusion strategies. © 2006 International Federation for Information Processing.
Author(s): Griffiths M, Keogh C, Moore K, Richardson HJ, Tattersall A
Editor(s): Eileen M. Trauth, Debra Howcroft, Tom Butler, Brian Fitzgerald, Janice I. DeGross
Publication type: Book Chapter
Publication status: Published
Book Title: Social Inclusion: Societal and Organizational Implications for Information Systems
Series Title: IFIP International Federation for Information Processing
Place Published: Boston, MA
Notes: Proceedings of IFIP TC8 WG8.2 International Working Conference, July 12–15, 2006, Limerick, Ireland
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