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Women’s Leadership and Gendered Experiences in Tech Cities

Hardey, Mariann

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The purpose of this paper is to examine the findings from longitudinal study conducted with women leaders in tech cities to understand the cultural and discursive burden affecting their professional experiences and the dominant cultural boundaries they regularly have to cross in order to legitimse their knowledge and expertise. The paper draws on research from the Gender in Tech City project that included serial interviews with fifty senior women leaders over three years at three different tech city sites. The paper illustrates the differing spatialities that women continue to face within tech culture and how terms such as ‘women in tech’ are problematic. This study adds to the conceptualisation of tech culture and gendered constructions within a spatial context; there is a need to strengthen this path of investigation beyond gender as a lone issue. The study contributes to the literature on spatial context, examining a new micro-context within tech culture that amplifies hidden biases and restricts the movement of women professionals.


Hardey, M. (2019). Women’s Leadership and Gendered Experiences in Tech Cities. Gender in Management: An International Journal, 34(3), 188-199.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 13, 2019
Online Publication Date May 7, 2019
Publication Date 2019
Deposit Date Feb 19, 2019
Publicly Available Date Feb 19, 2019
Journal Gender in Management: An International Journal
Print ISSN 1754-2413
Publisher Emerald
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 34
Issue 3
Pages 188-199
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