Toggle Main Menu Toggle Search

Open Access padlockePrints

Inclusion through the ages? Gender, ICT workplaces, and life stage experiences in England

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Karenza MooreORCiD


Full text for this publication is not currently held within this repository. Alternative links are provided below where available.


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.

Publication metadata

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

Year: 2006

Volume: 208

Pages: 153-168

Series Title: IFIP International Federation for Information Processing

Publisher: Springer

Place Published: Boston, MA


DOI: 10.1007/0-387-34588-4_11

Notes: Proceedings of IFIP TC8 WG8.2 International Working Conference, July 12–15, 2006, Limerick, Ireland

Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9780387345871