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Gender at work within the software industry: an Indian perspective

Arun, Shoba and Arun, Thankum G. (2001) Gender at work within the software industry: an Indian perspective. ISSN 1072-8325

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Abstract

Increasing globalization and the massive growth of the software Industry have created new opportunities for a skilled workforce in developing countries such as India. This study examines the impact of these changes on women's work in the state of Kerala, India, where there are high claims for social development, especially for women. The study indicates that although women tend to possess equal or better credentials than men, the nature of the labor market often renders it difficult for women to progress through their careers compared with men. The project-based,competltive nature of software development reproduces a masculine culture, which further interacts with the different career patterns of women and social norms and tends to disadvantage women. Most significantly, the centrality of social norms and gender ideologies within the workplace affects the Income and progression of women In the Internal labor market to a large extent.

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