Gender Codes: Why Women Are Leaving Computing / Edition 1

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Overview

The computing profession faces a serious gender crisis. Today, fewer women enter computing than anytime in the past 25 years. This book provides an unprecedented look at the history of women and men in computing, detailing how the computing profession emerged and matured, and how the field became male coded. Women's experiences working in offices, education, libraries, programming, and government are examined for clues on how and where women succeeded—and where they struggled. It also provides a unique international dimension with studies examining the U.S., Great Britain, Germany, Norway, and Greece. Scholars in history, gender/women's studies, and science and technology studies, as well as department chairs and hiring directors will find this volume illuminating.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This is a very valuable book in dispelling many of the myths about women and computing . . . For anyone interested in understanding why women are not attracted to the computing profession, including teachers and IT managers, this book is highly recommended. It provides an in-depth understanding of how and why we are where we are." (Sex Roles, 2011)

"Gender Codes is an important book . . . this is a task in which the IEEE History Center can play a role, and we think our readers can and should as well-they can begin with reading this seminal book" (Bibliography, 1 March 2011)

"This book is an excellent introduction to some of the main themes, and there are many more chapters waiting to be written." (IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, 1 April 2011)

"Summing up: Recommended [for] all levels/libraries." (CHOICE, January 2011)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470597194
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 7/13/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

THOMAS J. MISA is at the University of Minnesota, where he directs the Charles Babbage Institute, teaches in the graduate program for the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine, and is a faculty member in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

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Table of Contents

Foreword

Preface

Contributors

PART I TOOLS FOR UNDERSTANDING 1

1 Gender Codes

Defining the Problem Thomas J. Misa Misa, Thomas J. 3

2 Computer Science

The Incredible Shrinking Woman Caroline Clarke Hayes Hayes, Caroline Clarke 25

3 Masculinity and the Machine Man

Gender in the History of Data Processing Thomas Haigh Haigh, Thomas 51

PART II INSTITUTIONAL LIFE 73

4 A Gendered Job Carousel

Employment Effects of Computer Automation Corinna Schlombs Schlombs, Corinna 75

5 Meritocracy and Feminization in Conflict

Computerization in the British Government Marie Hicks Hicks, Marie 95

6 Making Programming Masculine Nathan Ensmenger Ensmenger, Nathan 115

7 Gender and Computing in the Push-Button Library Greg Downey Downey, Greg 143

PART III MEDIA AND CULTURE 163

8 Cultural Perceptions of Computers in Norway 1980-2007

From "Anybody" Via "Male Experts" to "Everybody" Hilde G. Corneliussen Corneliussen, Hilde G. 165

9 Constructing Gender and Technology in Advertising Images

Feminine and Masculine Computer Parts Serkan Karas Karas, Serkan 187

PART IV WOMEN IN COMPUTING 211

10 The Pleasure Paradox

Bridging the Gap Between Popular Images of Computing and Women's Historical Experiences Janet Abbate Abbate, Janet 213

11 Programming Enterprise

Women Entrepreneurs in Software and Computer Services Jeffrey R. Yost Yost, Jeffrey R. 229

12 Gender Codes

Lessons from History Thomas J. Misa Misa, Thomas J. 251

13 Gender Codes

Prospects for Change Caroline Clarke Hayes Hayes, Caroline Clarke 265

Bibliography 275

Index 297

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