VISUALIZING GENDER-BASED DIGITAL DIVIDE ISSUES IN THE UNITED STATES THROUGH DATA MINING AND GIS

2007 Issues in Information Systems  
Since the invention of the digital computer, careers in computers have been dominated primarily by Caucasian men. This paper examines the current state of efforts to close the so-called Digital Divide, specifically addressing the gap drawn along gender lines in the United States. Using data from the 2000 U.S. Census and tools including the Jenks classification method and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for visualization, we find that although women in the United States appear to be
more » ... g an increasing share of Information Systems-related careers, substantial gaps still remain. Specifically, this study examines Computer Specialist jobs as a percentage of all jobs in each county in the U.S., and then examines the percentage of those jobs which are held by women. The results of this investigation show that both statistically and geo-spatially speaking, there are no correlations between the greatest concentration of computer jobs and the greatest concentration of women in those jobs. These findings form a foundation for conversation about the current state of the gender Digital Divide in the U.S., as well as a platform for a comparison study to be performed when the 2010 U.S. census data are released.
doi:10.48009/2_iis_2007_484-488 fatcat:v3ebhb232fdgba5tj6lfaoz3ky