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Gender and Diversity

Definition of Gender Diversity
Culture and Gender
Defining Gender
The four levels of diversity

The Theories

The Objectives and The Approach


This paper presents a cultural perspective towards thinking about, and acting on, issues concerning gender and computer science and related fields. We posit and demonstrate that the notion of a gender divide in how men and women relate to computing, traditionally attributed to gender differences, is largely a result of cultural and environmental conditions. Indeed, the reasons for women entering – or not entering – the field of computer science have little to do with gender and a lot to do with environment and culture as well as the perception of the field. Appropriate outreach, education and interventions in the micro-culture can have broad impact, increasing participation in computing and creating environments where both men and women can flourish. Thus, we refute the popular notion that focusing on gender differences will enhance greater participation in computing, and propose an alternative, more constructive approach which focuses on culture.


The purpose of this paper is to introduce the Special Issue on gender and sex diversity in sport organizations. In An examination of gender influences in career mentoring, Joanne Leek, Barbara Orser, and Alan Riding examine a popular organizational strategy for attempting to deal with issues related to gender and diversity in the workplace. Mentoring programs have become common in large organisations, their aims usually toward overcoming barriers to women's upward mobility, yet little is known about gender influences on the mentoring relationship or on the choice to enter such relationships. frame their study with Ajzen's (1991) theory of planned behaviour and find no differences between males and females in...
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