Software testing conferences and women

Judit Jász, A. Beszédes

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Abstract

The question of gender equality is an increasing concern in all aspects of life these days. ICT has its peculiarities in this respect, as it is often regarded as a "male" discipline. Among the many different subfields of ICT, in this work we concentrate on software testing, an area in which a significant portion of all ICT professionals is engaged. Testing is an interesting field because according to certain views more women work in this area compared to other ICT fields. Since testing itself still covers a large topic involving education, research and industry, we further limit our analysis to software testing conferences and the rate of women participation in important roles at these venues. We looked at keynote speakers and chairs in different roles and program committees, but not the participants themselves as reliable data was available only for the former. We investigated if gender distribution was similar to or different from the reported data for ICT as a whole. We also compared the different types of conferences, academic and industrial, from this aspect. We have found, among other things, that gender ratio at software testing conferences is similar to other fields, but in more important roles such as keynotes, equality is more significantly maintained.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings 2018 ACM/IEEE 1st International Workshop on Gender Equality in Software Engineering, GE 2018
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages17-20
Number of pages4
VolumePart F137812
ISBN (Electronic)9781450357388
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 28 2018
Event1st ACM/IEEE International Workshop on Gender Equality in Software Engineering, GE 2018 - Gothenburg, Sweden
Duration: May 28 2018 → …

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Other1st ACM/IEEE International Workshop on Gender Equality in Software Engineering, GE 2018
CountrySweden
CityGothenburg
Period5/28/18 → …

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Keywords

  • academia-industry collaboration
  • gender equality
  • software testing conferences
  • women in ICT
  • women in testing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software

Cite this

Jász, J., & Beszédes, A. (2018). Software testing conferences and women. In Proceedings 2018 ACM/IEEE 1st International Workshop on Gender Equality in Software Engineering, GE 2018 (Vol. Part F137812, pp. 17-20). IEEE Computer Society. https://doi.org/10.1145/3195570.3195582