Date of Award

8-2015

Document Type

Capstone-Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Program Name

Information Technology

Capstone Instructor

Dr. Novadean Watson-Stone

Abstract

The technology industry is huge and will only grow as the world’s reliance on technology expands at an ever increasing rate. This ends up generating a large amount of profit along with a large number of jobs that need to be filled by qualified individuals. It is no secret that right now women are vastly underrepresented in the technology industry with no concrete explanation why. Some common theories are that women are not naturally good or interested in technology, the education system is failing young women, or there are not enough role models. This paper seeks another explanation that it is the technology culture and sexism that keeps women out of technology, or subtly forces them out. This study uses qualitative analysis and looks at two case studies which highlight the type of culture in the technology industry that keeps women out. The case studies, and the accompanying figures, show that in the short term, the culture needs to change in before more women will go into the technology industry. At the end of the paper, some recommendations for future research are given along with some recommendations on how to address the issue of the lack of women in technology.

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