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Advancing the Concepts & Practices of Information Resources Management in Modern Organizations

Individual Context

Individual Context
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Copyright: 2019
Pages: 29
Source title: Gender Inequality and the Potential for Change in Technology Fields
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Sonja Bernhardt (ThoughtWare, Australia), Patrice Braun (Federation University, Australia) and Jane Thomason (Abt Associates, Australia)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-7975-5.ch007


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Chapter 7 looks at the individual and her influencing factors and concludes that the number of women in IT, or any career, is not a matter of them being pushed this way or that by the balance of societal forces, which we can adjust with the right lever. Rather, it comes down to each individual's choice based on her own values and what she wants out of life and her career. That is why no single “solution” has been found, and why a wide variety of solutions have had no significant impact—because there is no generic solution to finding out “what women want”—individually. What they want is what interests them, according to their individual circumstances, personalities, and values, and they are not so ignorant that most of them need interventions to know.

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