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Understanding the ’Mommy Tracks’: A Framework for Analyzing Work-Family Issues in the IT Workforce

Understanding the ’Mommy Tracks’: A Framework for Analyzing Work-Family Issues in the IT Workforce
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Author(s): Jeria L. Quesenberry (The Pennsylvania State University, USA), Allison J. Morgan (The Pennsylvania State University, USA) and Eileen M. Trauth (The Pennsylvania State University, USA)
Copyright: 2004
Pages: 4
Source title: Innovations Through Information Technology
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-261-9.ch036
ISBN13: 9781616921255
EISBN13: 9781466665347

Abstract

Despite the recent growth in the number of women in the U.S. labor force, women are still underrepresented in IT work. This paper presents a framework for analyzing work-family conflicts as a way of better understanding the contribution of this factor to the underrepresentation of women in IT. Data from a field study of women employed in the American IT workforce is examined through the lens of the individual differences theory to show the range of ways in which work-family considerations influence women’s IT career decisions. This framework depicts four categories of decisions made by women: the “non mom,” the “working mother,” the “back-on-track mother” and the “off-the-track mother.”

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