By Ellen Balka (auth.), Ellen Balka, Richard Smith (eds.)

ELLENBALKA Simon Fraser collage ebalka@Sfu. ca 1. advent In constructing the decision for papers for the seventh foreign Federation of data Processors (IFIP) girls, paintings and Computerization convention, we sought to forged our internet extensively. we needed to motivate presenters to imagine generally approximately girls, paintings and computerization. in the direction of this finish, the programme committee constructed a choice for papers that, in its ultimate shape, asked paper submissions round 4 similar topics. those are (1) atmosphere the direction: Taking inventory of the place we're and the place we are Going; (2) Charting Undiscovered Terrain: growing versions, instruments and Theories; (3) Navigating the Unknown: intercourse, Time, area and position, and (4) Taking the Helm: schooling and Pedagogy. Our total convention subject matter, 'Charting a path to the longer term' used to be encouraged partly through Vancouver's geography, that's either coastal and mountainous. As such, navigation performs an immense half within the lives of many as we search to take pleasure in our environs. additionally, because the first ladies, paintings and Computerization convention of the recent millennium, we was hoping to motivate the vast neighborhood of students that has made earlier ladies, paintings and Computerization meetings successful to actively interact in imagining--and operating towards-- a greater destiny for ladies relating to desktops. The contributions to this quantity are either a mirrored image of the labor undertaken by way of many to enhance the placement of ladies when it comes to computerization, and a testomony to how a lot paintings is but to be done.

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3. THE INFLUENCE OF NATIONAL CULTURE There has been little attention paid to the potential influence of national culture and practices on gender integration or segregation in the labour force. In this section, we examine the influence of national culture on gendered patterns in computing work. National culture may develop sets of common assumptions and values about work and organisational patterns that are shared by its members. An important implication is that national culture, as well as occupational culture may exert influence on the values, styles, and career orientation of computing staff in different countries.

But, as Henwood [7] warns, this new emphasis PRINGLE, NIELSEN, VON HELLENS, GREENHILL, & PARFITT 28 on flexibility and communications has not automatically brought about an influx of women. It is just as likely that these qualities may become absorbed into new models of masculinity and that men will be the first to demonstrate their competence in these new skills. 4. THE OCCUPATIONAL STRUCTURE OF IT The occupational structure of computing work has become increasingly complex and differentiated and includes established occupations such as systems analysts, project management, multimedia, graphic design, network management, sales and recruitment [9].

While denying discrimination, she agreed that women have to be prepared to do whatever is needed to be part of the corporate culture. " J agreed that "you have to be visible. If you don't go along to afterwork drinks people don't get to know you and you won't get put on projects. " 7. CONCLUSIONS There are many contradictions in the discourse. Although all of the women interviewed did not view themselves as exceptional in terms of their ability to succeed in an IT career, the interviews reveal a number of tensions in views about gender, technology and success.

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