Understanding underrepresentation in IT through intersectionality

Eileen M. Trauth, Curtis Cain, K. D. Joshi, Lynette Kvasny, Kayla Booth
2012 Proceedings of the 2012 iConference on - iConference '12  
Results of an investigation of the effect of intersectionality on perceptions of university students about IT careers are presented. This analysis deepens the discussion began at the 2011 iConference by presenting an examination of responses of African American males and females on the topic of gender norms and stereotypes about IT professionals. The findings provide evidence of the influence of race on gender stereotypes that individuals hold about the IT field. Gender differences in
more » ... rences in stereotypes reveal within-race variation in perceptions about the IT field. IT skills perceived by African American females as feminine are nearly identical to those found across all participants in the study. In contrast, African American males did not identify any skills as feminine. These results suggest that finer grained analysis of under representation in the IT field can be achieved by pursuing the intersectionality of gender and race.
doi:10.1145/2132176.2132184 dblp:conf/iconference/TrauthCJKB12 fatcat:3bgwbeajlray5domlukxzzp4ea