Honors Capstone Project
Date of Submission
Information Management and Technology
Capstone Prize Winner
Won Capstone Funding
Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
This paper examines the causes behind why fewer women enter technology fields than men. By utilizing previous published research and studies from 1994-2016, the analyses made in this paper explore the evolution of women’s interest and leadership in technology fields. The research dictates that there are not just sociological and structural causes for female adherence to entering technology fields, but the research also points to psychological causes, as well. In order to improve female representation and leadership in technology fields, it is crucial that these causes are acknowledged and addressed directly. Specifically, employers must recognize the differences between male and female employee goals and cultural and professional motivational factors. As well, while employers ought to be transparent in conversations surrounding the under-representation of women in this field, parents and teachers have a responsibility to facilitate strengthening of computer skills among young female students at home and in the classroom to improve female confidence with technology.
Fesnak, Emily, "An Exploration into the Causes and Consequences of Women as a Minority in Technical Fields" (2017). Syracuse University Honors Program Capstone Projects. 1058.
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