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 gaps that constitute obstacles in the process of identity formation: an image gap and an identity gap. We show the strategies employed by women as they attempt to bridge these gaps; we also find that some of these strategies, while tackling one gap, may also deepen the other.
METIU, A. and OBODARU, O. (2014). Geeks and Freaks: How Women in the Free/Open Source Software Community Experience and Deal with Double Blind Situations. In: 2nd Biennial Africa Academy of Management Conference.