“I can be there one day”: learning and leadership development in a community of self-identified women in technology

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dc.contributor.author Hamer, Melissa
dc.date.accessioned 2019-09-03T23:48:23Z
dc.date.available 2019-09-03T23:48:23Z
dc.date.copyright 2019 en_US
dc.date.issued 2019-09-03
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/11113
dc.description.abstract Women’s underrepresentation in the technology industry is a relevant and timely issue. The increasing use of technology and its expansion into our daily lives demand greater technical literacy and skills. Despite its growth, the industry remains male-dominated; fewer than 9% of executive officers and directors in Canadian technology companies are women (Macdougall et al., 2017). Researchers have linked women’s underrepresentation in technology leadership to the ‘chilly climate’ in technology spaces and a ‘leaky pipeline’ of women leaving the fields throughout their career (Prescott & Bogg, 2014b; Vitores & Gil-Juárez, 2016; Wynn & Correll, 2018). This research explores how a community can support learning and leadership development for women in technology. This case study examined the women’s experiences in YYJ Tech Ladies and their accounts of underrepresentation in technology, learning, and leadership. Their stories and reflections indicated that a community for women could create a safe space, sense of belonging, knowledge-sharing, and consciousness-raising. This study highlights the importance of community in facilitating women’s learning and confidence, essential factors for addressing experiences in male-dominated environments and supporting women’s career and leadership development en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.subject community en_US
dc.subject women en_US
dc.subject technology en_US
dc.subject leadership en_US
dc.subject learning en_US
dc.subject professional development en_US
dc.subject collective learning en_US
dc.title “I can be there one day”: learning and leadership development in a community of self-identified women in technology en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Sanford, Kathy
dc.degree.department Department of Curriculum and Instruction en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US

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