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The Gender Issue in Information Technology: Collegiate and Corporate Solutions

The Gender Issue in Information Technology: Collegiate and Corporate Solutions
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Author(s): Donald J. Caputo (Robert Morris College, USA) and Frederick J. Kohun (Robert Morris College, USA)
Copyright: 2001
Pages: 3
Source title: Managing Information Technology in a Global Economy
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-930708-07-5.ch047

Abstract

A paradox is occurring today in the Information Technology (IT) field. At the very moment that a large unmet demand for IT workers exists, approximately one-half of our work force is largely declining the offer. The Information Technology Association of America estimates the number of IT jobs languishing at a staggering 840,000 (1). Though women in IT earn 60 percent more than women in other occupations, their numbers have dropped from 40 percent in 1986 to 29 percent today (2). The White House Council of Economic Advisors (3) estimates that women are leaving the IT job market at twice the rate of men.

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