Silicon Ceilings: Information Technology Equity, the Digital Divide and the Gender Gap Among Information Technology Professionals

Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property Law, Vol. 2, 2003

41 Pages Posted: 15 Jul 2006

See all articles by Andrea M. Matwyshyn

Andrea M. Matwyshyn

Penn State Law; Penn State Engineering; Stanford University - Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society

Abstract

This article calls for the revitalization of the legislative, social policy and academic discourse regarding the causes and appropriate remedies for the gender gap among information technology professionals, with two critical differences. First, this article theoretically reframes the issue of women's under-representation among information technology professionals by presenting it as primarily a technology equity issue to be discussed in the policy context of the digital divide discourse - a gendered digital production divide. Second, this article argues for refocusing legislative and educational efforts from more traditional educational approaches to curricular experimentation and technology mentorship initiatives on the junior-high and high school levels.

Keywords: internet, technology, digital, divide, girls, equity, women, education, gender

JEL Classification: D29, D63, M14, M59, O38, O39

Suggested Citation

Matwyshyn, Andrea M., Silicon Ceilings: Information Technology Equity, the Digital Divide and the Gender Gap Among Information Technology Professionals. Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property Law, Vol. 2, 2003. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=904078

Andrea M. Matwyshyn (Contact Author)

Penn State Law ( email )

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Penn State Engineering ( email )

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Stanford University - Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society ( email )

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