Women in IT in the New Social Era: A Critical Evidence-Based Review of Gender Inequality and the Potential for Change

Women in IT in the New Social Era: A Critical Evidence-Based Review of Gender Inequality and the Potential for Change

Sonja Bernhardt (ThoughtWare, Australia)
Indexed In: SCOPUS
Release Date: March, 2014|Copyright: © 2014 |Pages: 274|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-5860-8
ISBN13: 9781466658608|ISBN10: 1466658606|EISBN13: 9781466658615


Research and statistics support the view that current programs are failing to keep women in the ICT field. Currently, there exist very few solutions to this growing problem.

Women in IT in the New Social Era: A Critical Evidence-Based Review of Gender Inequality and the Potential for Change aims to bring this topic to the forefront of discussion about what can be done to correct this lopsided gender distribution. This reference work will be an essential guide for government professionals, students, and researchers in the ICT field looking to develop a solution to equalize the retention rate of women in these related fields.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Gender Inequity
  • ICT
  • ICT Architects
  • ICT Coders and System Analysts
  • Intervention Program Failure
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Women and Technology

Reviews and Testimonials

Bernhardt, who works in information technology, examines the role and presence of women in the field, the reasons for their dearth, and a new model for the social era. She discusses pioneering women and their contributions; the global impacts of the new social era and a model that embraces social media and social, cultural, and individual contexts; the relative and perceived value of traditional intervention programs aimed at increasing recruitment and retention of women in the field; interventions in Europe, the US, and the US; and popular theories about women in the field, such as the leaky pipeline model, critical mass theory, the life course approach, structuration and dualism theory, and gender modeling, and their relevance in the new social era.

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Sonja Bernhardt is CEO of the award-winning software development firm ThoughtWare, Australia, and has been awarded three degrees: a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Abstract Algebra and Psychology (1987), Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management (1989), and MBA (Masters of Business Administration) (1992). For decades, she has tirelessly volunteered to passionately encourage women into technology studies and careers. This has included multiple industry-related activities such as executive committees and board membership over a period of 20 years, judging appointments in a wide variety of innovation and technology awards over a period of 15 years, and taking to the airwaves as resident “geek girl” on ABC Radio over a period of 7 years. In addition, she has been an occasional contributor and/or sponsor for government and university research and is a published author of book chapters and articles in industry magazines. Her prestigious honours are that she was the first Australian inducted into the WITI (Women in Technology International) Hall of Fame in 2005, winner of the Industry and Business Award in the Our Women, Our State Awards in 2009, and first Queensland woman to be awarded the prestigious Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for services to Information Technology in 2011. She bases her life and all activities on a reality- and reason-based philosophy.