The purpose of this research project is to identify the primary reasons why a gender gap exists in the information technology industry. A survey was distributed to women in IT groups from various countries to assess their work careers in IT. The survey questioned their experiences in the IT industry as well as problems that have arisen working in a male-dominated field such as information technology. Along with this, the respondents were asked to provide any recommendations to young women to best stimulate women’s interest in technology. One hundred and forty-six responses were recorded. It was hypothesized that the lack of women in IT begins in the elementary level due to a shortage of mentorship programs and technology clubs & organizations. This hypothesis was partially supported. This is mainly due to the variability in the recommendations, with the top responses inquiring that practical, hands-on experience and mentorship programs are the most effective ways to encourage young women to pursue IT.

Keywords and Phrases: women, IT, gender gap, discrimination, diversity, career

Semester/Year of Award

Fall 2018


Robert C. Mahaney

Mentor Professional Affiliation

Accounting, Finance, and Information Systems

Access Options

Restricted Access Thesis

Document Type

Bachelor Thesis

Degree Name

Honors Scholars

Degree Level



Accounting, Finance, and Information Systems