Wright, Rosemary

About the author: Dr. Rosemary Wright received her PhD in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently Assistant Professor of Sociology at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Women Computer Professionals. Controlled Progress in a Male Occupation
1997 0-7734-2244-7
This research evaluates women's relative progress in the occupation of computer work, focusing on mobility and turnover, segregation, and earnings. The evaluation is made in the context of theories of human capital and gender socialization, resegregation and ghettoization, Blalock's male resistance, Kanter's strength in numbers, Jacobs's revolving doors and social control, and a hybrid theory of controlled progress combining the last two. By trend analysis and regression, this work contrasts the career moves, locations, and rewards of men and women in computer programming, systems analysis, computer and systems engineering, and other computer specialties. This study bridges both sociological and management literatures.