Millennials and Masculinity: A Shifting Tide of Gender Typing of ICT?

Publication Year:
2010
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Repository URL:
https://aisel.aisnet.org/amcis2010/73
Author(s):
Trauth, Eileen M.; Joshi, K. D.; Kvasny, Lynette; Chong, Jing; Kulturel, Sadan; Mahar, Jan
Tags:
Female; Feminine; Gender; Gender and ICT; Gender Stereotypes; Hegemonic Masculinity; IT Skills; Individual Differences Theory of Gender and IT; IT Profession; Male; Masculine; Men; Millennials; Women
article description
The question of a possible shift in Millennials’ perceptions about gender and ICT resulted from a survey of gender stereotyping of ICT skills among college age Millennials in the USA. The results identify three clusters of skills: masculine (includes computer programming, database and networking); feminine (includes communication, working in teams, ethics, global and cultural awareness, and openness to new experiences) and gender neutral (includes initiative, ability to work under pressure, critical thinking and problem solving). These findings suggest a possible shift of gender stereotypes about ICT skills among Millennials. Nevertheless, the gender stereotyping of the more technical skills in the IT profession as masculine argues for continued interventions to alter these perceptions and expand the gender neutral space in order to broaden the participation of women in the IT field.