IT Glass Ceiling

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IT Glass Ceiling

  1. 1. Glass CeilingDoes it Still Exist for Women inInformation Technology? Belinda Edwards
  2. 2. Glass Ceiling DEFINITION  Theinvisible barrier that blocks women from the most senior positions in corporate America SURVEY  Accenture Consulting studied 1,200 executives in eight countries  Included U.S., Australia, Austria and the Philippines  70 percent of women and 57 percent of men agreed 2
  3. 3. Glass CeilingA 2000 report of the Congressional Commission on the Advancement of Women and Minorities in Science, Engineering, and Technology Development states, “The Commission recognizes that . . . gender stereotypes are still pervasive in professional life. For women . . . these problems are manifested in inadequate work and family life accommodation, unequal pay scales and advancement . . . . ” 3
  4. 4. BARRIERS SOCIALIZATION BIAS: CULTURAL AND CORPORATEGender Expectations Male Domain  Family and Society  Stereotypical view – white and male  Socioeconomic / Activity Exposure  Less favorable view of women in IT careers  Peer Relationships  Challenges to credibility and authority  Education / Teachers  Lack of institutional (corporate) support  Policy  Telecommunication Act, No Child Left Behind  Widespread belief computing is a male domain CAREER / SALARY WORK LIFE BALANCEGood „Ole Boys‟ Network Women viewed as primary care-giver  Formal and Informal  Deduced they cannot fully participate at workAssignment Opportunities  Higher incidence of unpaid leaveWomen earn 88 cent for every dollar men Most are single or married and childlessmakeView of “bread-winner” vs. “pocket change” 4
  5. 5. SOLUTIONS SOCIALIZATION BIAS: CULTURAL AND CORPORATEGender Expectations Respect  Family and Society Mentoring  Education / Teachers Role Models  Early Intervention  Same Sex Classes Training and Development  Cyber-feminism Management Assignments CAREER / SALARY WORK LIFE BALANCEAssignment Opportunities Flexible work scheduleJob satisfaction and commitment to IT TelecommutingSome women attribute less importance topay vs. challenge, work environment, goodsocial relationship and work schedule 5
  6. 6. Summary Glass Ceiling still exists Areas for improvement  Respect/Support  Professional Advancement  Mentorship/Role Models  Work/Life Balance  Flexible Work Schedule So What?  Global Competitiveness  Increase in Qualified Labor Pool  Reverse “Brain-Drain”  Homeland Defense 6

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