Making IT Fit: Research and Action in Queensland 


There are many strategies to reverse the downward trend of female participation in information technology education and industry, but to date there has been little evidence of their success.  This paper reflects on a selection of these strategies, and relates them to the relevant research. Several issues are identified, which complicate research and action in this area. The lack of agreement over what constitutes the IT industry makes it difficult to assess progress in equity. The notion of female ‘contribution’ and the masculinsation of the IT industry are subject to competing definitions and viewpoints, indicating that there is no consensus on the aims or rationale for research and intervention in this area. However, although these problems and the lack of consensus may be considered inhibiting, the diversity of approaches may be best suited to a rapidly changing and dynamic industry.