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

dc.contributor.authorHamer, Melissa
dc.contributor.supervisorSanford, Kathy
dc.date.accessioned2019-09-03T23:48:23Z
dc.date.available2019-09-03T23:48:23Z
dc.date.copyright2019en_US
dc.date.issued2019-09-03
dc.degree.departmentDepartment of Curriculum and Instructionen_US
dc.degree.levelMaster of Arts M.A.en_US
dc.description.abstractWomen’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 developmenten_US
dc.description.scholarlevelGraduateen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1828/11113
dc.languageEnglisheng
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.rightsAvailable to the World Wide Weben_US
dc.subjectcommunityen_US
dc.subjectwomenen_US
dc.subjecttechnologyen_US
dc.subjectleadershipen_US
dc.subjectlearningen_US
dc.subjectprofessional developmenten_US
dc.subjectcollective learningen_US
dc.title“I can be there one day”: learning and leadership development in a community of self-identified women in technologyen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US

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