Women in Computing in the Czech Republic

Women in Computing in the Czech Republic

Eva Turner (University of East London, UK)
Copyright: © 2006 |Pages: 6
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-815-4.ch200
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While the countries of Western Europe and the USA are mostly in control of the design and construction of computing technology, the numbers of women actively involved in this process are very low and decreasing. The Czech Republic is an Eastern European country with highly developed system of tertiary computing education and levels of computer usage comparable to Western Europe. Whereas under capitalist regimes of the period equal opportunities legislation has often been achieved despite Government resistance, Communism built it into its constitution, and professed equality of men and women in every field of human activity. Publicly and in the national subconscious that equality became a reality. However, at a time when Western European governments and European Union (EU) legislators are finally awakening to the unequal position of women in technology, it is a perception that invites closer inspection. This article is based on a set of interviews carried out in the Czech Republic in August 2004 and a collection of official reports and quantitative data published in the Czech Republic between 2002 and 2004. The aim was to find out what has the new Czech regime done about gender equality in the field of computing and what importance the Czech officialdom assigns to the perception of equality. For comparisons this article assumes that the reader is acquainted with gender and computing debates in the “West.”

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