We examine the formation of women's professional identity in a particular type of male-dominated domain, the free and open source software development communities, and more broadly in information technology. Through an ethnographic analysis of interviews and online forums discussions, we find that women experience two types of discrepancies or gap that contitute obstacles in the process of identity formation: an image gap and an identity gap. We show the strategies employed by women as they attemp to bridge these gaps, we also find that some of these strategies, while tackling one gap, may also depeen the other.
METIU, A. and OBODARU, O. (2008). Women's Professional Identity Formation in the Free/Open Source Software Community. ESSEC Business School.