Millennials and masculinity: A shifting tide of gender typing of ICT?

Eileen M. Trauth, K. D. Joshi, Lynette Kvasny, Jing Chong, Sadan Kulturel, Jan Mahar

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Abstract

The question of a possible shift in Millennials' perceptions about gender and ICT resulted from a survey of gender stereotyping of ICT skills among college age Millennials in the USA. The results identify three clusters of skills: masculine (includes computer programming, database and networking); feminine (includes communication, working in teams, ethics, global and cultural awareness, and openness to new experiences) and gender neutral (includes initiative, ability to work under pressure, critical thinking and problem solving). These findings suggest a possible shift of gender stereotypes about ICT skills among Millennials. Nevertheless, the gender stereotyping of the more technical skills in the IT profession as masculine argues for continued interventions to alter these perceptions and expand the gender neutral space in order to broaden the participation of women in the IT field.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication16th Americas Conference on Information Systems 2010, AMCIS 2010
Pages5022-5031
Number of pages10
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010
Event16th Americas Conference on Information Systems 2010, AMCIS 2010 - Lima, Peru
Duration: Aug 12 2010Aug 15 2010

Publication series

Name16th Americas Conference on Information Systems 2010, AMCIS 2010
Volume7

Other

Other16th Americas Conference on Information Systems 2010, AMCIS 2010
CountryPeru
CityLima
Period8/12/108/15/10

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Information Systems
  • Library and Information Sciences

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    Trauth, E. M., Joshi, K. D., Kvasny, L., Chong, J., Kulturel, S., & Mahar, J. (2010). Millennials and masculinity: A shifting tide of gender typing of ICT? In 16th Americas Conference on Information Systems 2010, AMCIS 2010 (pp. 5022-5031). (16th Americas Conference on Information Systems 2010, AMCIS 2010; Vol. 7).