Talks on Women and Technology on the International Women’s Day

Not yet made plans for The International Women’s Day? What about joining me and others discussing technology and security at the Women in Tech meeting in Bergen @ 8.30-11.00

Or, if you can’t join the event in Bergen in the morning, what about joining the Women in AI event in Oslo in the evening, where I will also contribute 😊 Women in AI with

NORA Women in AI

#Womenintech #womenincybersecurity #womeninAI #Internationalwomensday

Bookmarks for the first 5 with a paper copy of my book!

While waiting for my book to be published I made bookmarks! And now you can be the owner of one of these. Simple rules: send a photo of yourself and the paper version of my book to my email or post to Facebook or LinkedIn and tag me. The first 5 will have a frog bookmark in the mail!

Buy or download the book here: Reconstructions of Gender and Information Technology: Women Doing IT for Themselves

Download the discount code – 20% off until November 8th 2023: discount flyer

Book launch events

There are two book launch events planned for November 23rd for my new book Reconstructions of Gender and Information Technology – Women Doing IT for Themselves (Palgrave Macmillan 2023, Open Access at

BOKSLEPP in Norwegian: At lunch time at the HVL library in Sogndal I will be interviewed about the book (in Norwegian): 23 Nov @ 11.45-12.15

DIGITAL EVENT in English: The second event will be digital, 23 Nov @ 15.00—16.00 CET. Here I will present the book in English and invite you to join in the conversation.
Please sign up here for the online event:

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It’s all about the book

My colleague Idun has writting a nice piece about my new book Reconstructions of Gender and Information Technology – Women Doing IT for Themselves (Palgrave Macmillan 2023)

With a new photo matching the book with the beautiful autumn colours. In Norwegian:

Photo: Idun A. Husabø, Vestlandsforsking

You can read the book online (Open Access: or use the code below from Palgrave to buy your own version:

To receive 20% of the printed book, enter the following
coupon code at checkout on
2KbHh90AX1PdNT / Valid Oct 11, 2023 – Nov 8, 2023

Women Doing IT for Themselves

Yay! My new book is out! Reconstructions of Gender and Information Technology: Women Doing IT for Themselves. About how women find their way into tech careers.

I have only seen it online so far, still waiting for the paper version to arrive. The good news is that it is available as Open Access!

About the book:This open access book explores what makes women decide to pursue a career in male-dominated fields such as information technology (IT). It reveals how women experience gendered stereotypes but also how they bypass, negotiate, and challenge such stereotypes, reconstructing gender-technology relations in the process. Using the example of Norway to illuminate this challenge in Western countries, the book includes a discussion of the “gender equality paradox”, where gender equality exists in parallel with gender segregation in fields such as IT. The discussion illustrates how the norm of gender equality in some cases hinders rather than promotes efforts to increase women’s participation in technology-related roles.

Here is what one of the reviewers says about the book:

“Hilde G. Corneliussen provides an exploration of gender equality in technology with this definitive and thought-provoking book. With meticulous research, she sheds light on the unsolved issues of the gender imbalance in IT, revealing the complex factors that hinder progress. Through compelling narratives and inspiring insights, the book unveils the resilience of women who challenge stereotypes and reconstruct the gendered space of IT. A must-read for those seeking to create an inclusive digital future.” (Jeria Quesenberry, Associate Dean of Faculty, Carnegie Mellon University, USA, and author of Cracking the Digital Ceiling: Global Views of Women in Computing)

Do you want to hear more?

I will be giving some talks locally and an online webinar about the book. Please send me a message if you want to participate or receive news about such events:

Choice of technology as a “natural progression”

Book cover for
Gender Inequalities in Tech-driven Research and Innovation
Living the Contradiction
, edited by Gabriele Griffin

In Unconventional Routes into ICT Work: Learning from Women’s
Own Solutions for Working around Gendered Barriers
, Gilda Seddighi and myself analyse women’s routes to ICT work in light of their educational choices, way of acquiring ICT competence, and the position and work tasks they currently have at work.

The chapter illustrates that a large group of all the women we interviewed, had not imagined working with technology when finishing upper secondary school and moving on to university.

One of the women who had gradually moved toward technology described doing so as a “natural progression”, from a Master’s degree in chemistry to a PhD in cybernetics. We asked why she had made these choices:

Well, in fact I chose chemistry. When I finished (high school) I didn’t even know what cybernetics was. And I am not sure that I would have chosen it even if I had known […] The most important thing is that you see as you go along, whether you like the subject or not, and then make choices based on that. So, I started with chemistry but then I chose the subjects with less chemistry, more towards control systems. Therefore, it was a natural transition into cybernetics for me. (“Dani”, in Corneliussen & Seddighi, 2022, p. 66-67)

The barriers that many women experience when approaching tech education during their teens, might not appear equally daunting when they move into tech via less conventional routes, such as Dani’s “natural progression”.

The chapter is open access, available to read online or download as pdf:

Cite this chapter:
Corneliussen, H. G., & Seddighi, G. (2022), Unconventional routes into ICT work: Learning from women’s own solutions for working around gendered barriers. In G. Griffin (Ed.), Gender Inequalities in Tech-Driven Research and innovation: Living the Contradiction (56-75), Bristol: Bristol University Press.

Women’s Unconventional Routes into ICT Work

After many years of studying how Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is gendered in the Norwegian and Nordic culture, my interest is more in what successfully brings women into ICT, rather than what excludes women from ICT. The chapter on unconventional routes into ICT work that I wrote together with my colleague Gilda Seddighi, explores how women come to tech work, not through the more “conventional” route of choosing the “correct” subjects at school that leads to ICT at university etc. Instead, in this chapter we focus on the unconventional routes that bring many women into ICT work.

The messy road system we found in Mongolia seemed like a good illustration of the different and unconventional routes many women pursue to ICT.

The chapter is based on in-dept interviews with women working with ICT where a majority of the women we interviewed had found an alternative route to ICT. This included
a) a delayed entry into ICT education,
b) a natural progression into ICT due to digitalization of non-technological disciplines and occupations, and
c) pursuing opportunities arising as non-technological competences are increasingly needed and valued in digitalization.

These less conventional routes illustrate women’s professional development as motivated by processes of digitalization and the recognition of a wide set of professional fields and competences needed in ongoing digital transformations. Relying on entry points less affected by masculine stereotypes, the women contribute to new ways of co-constructing gender and ICT in the new digitalized workspaces.

The chapter is open access, available to read online or download as pdf.

Cite this chapter:
Corneliussen, H. G., & Seddighi, G. (2022), Unconventional routes into ICT work: Learning from women’s own solutions for working around gendered barriers. In G. Griffin (Ed.), Gender Inequalities in Tech-Driven Research and innovation: Living the Contradiction (56-75), Bristol: Bristol University Press.

ICT Changes Everything! But Who Changes ICT?

Our conference paper ICT Changes Everything! But Who Changes ICT? is now released from paywall of Springer and free to download for everybody!

Written together with Clem Herman and Radhika Gajjala in:

This Changes Everything – ICT and Climate Change: What Can We Do?

13th IFIP TC 9 International Conference on Human Choice and Computers, HCC13 2018, Held at the 24th IFIP World Computer Congress, WCC 2018, Poznan, Poland, September 19–21, 2018, Proceedings

Information and communication technology (ICT) has a changing power and digitalization is gradually changing society in all aspects of life. Across the western world, men are in majority in the ICT industry, thus, the computer programs that change “everything” are most often made by men. Unless questioned, this male dominance can be perceived as a “norm” and becomes invisible. Against this background, this paper will provide three examples of how a feminist gaze can contribute to raise important questions and produce an awareness of how exclusion mechanisms have produce a highly homosocial tendency in design of ICT systems in the western world.

Expert Group Meeting for UN Women on Innovation, technological change and gender euqality

Have had a great day with the Expert Group Meeting for UN Women’s #CSW67 Preparations with the topic Innovation and technological change, and education in the digital age for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls

Proud and very excited to be part of such an amazing group of experts on this topic. We had many important discussions today and will have more tomorrow! #UN_CSW

Living the Contradiction – new book from NORDWIT

It is here! The book coming out of 5 years of research in the Nordic Centre of Excellence, NORDWIT – on women in tech-driven careers.

(I love the front page!)

The book is edited by Nordwit coordinator Gabriele Griffin and has contributions from Nordwit researchers as well as colleagues from the Nordic countries.

Together with Gilda Seddighi and one with Carol Azungi Dralega, I am involved in three chapters:

  • Corneliussen, H. G., & Seddighi, G.: Unconventional routes into ICT work: Learning from women’s own solutions for working around gendered barriers. In G. Griffin (Ed.), Gender Inequalities in Tech-Driven Research and innovation: Living the Contradiction (pp. 56-75). Bristol: Bristol University Press.
  • Corneliussen, H. G., Seddighi, G., & Dralega, C. A. (2022). The Discourse of Rurality in Women’s Professional- life Narratives: Gender and ICT in Rural Norway. … (pp. 173-187)
  • Seddighi, G., & Corneliussen, H. G. (2022). ‘If it had been only me, it would not have worked out’: Women negotiating conflicting challenges of ICT work and family in Norway … (pp. 140-155)



The Nordic countries are regarded as frontrunners in promoting equality, yet women’s experiences on the ground are in many ways at odds with this rhetoric.

Putting the spotlight on the lived experiences of women working in tech-driven research and innovation areas in the Nordic countries, this volume explores why, despite numerous programmes, women continue to constitute a minority in these sectors.

Contributors flesh out the differences and similarities across different Nordic countries and explore how the shifts in labour market conditions have impacted on women in research and innovation.

This is an invaluable contribution to global debates around the mechanisms that maintain gendered structures in research and innovation, from academia to biotechnology and IT.

Open access: You can download the book from OAPEN

Nordwit documents the need for better statistics of women’s participation in ICT work

(Shutterstock: license Vestforsk)

A continuous under-representation of women in ICT has been the focus of research in Nordic as well as other western countries. A recurring question has been: how can we recruit more women to ICT? Answering this question, however, requires knowledge about what make women enter fields of ICT. Our study of women who have already chosen a career in various fields of ICT and digitalization has shown that many women have not followed a ‘conventional’ route to ICT, that is: making the “right choices” at high school and moving on to ICT at university level. Rather, most of the 28 women we interviewed in a case study in Norway had found other, less conventional routes to ICT:
  • Some of the women had already started on a non-tech university degree, before changing direction or returning to university for a second degree in ICT;
  • some of the women had gradually moved towards ICT through the increasing digitalization of their original non-tech discipline or field;
  • and some of the women had found work opportunities within projects and companies focusing on digitalization and ICT innovation because their non-tech competences were needed.
The routes that the women have followed, and the consequences of their movements and changing directions, are not fully reflected in publicly available statistics. There are gaps, for instance, in identifying ICT as a second degree after a change of educational direction, thus also women’s double education/competence background when entering IT work remains invisible, and the same goes for the pattern of women with a non-tech education entering vital positions in IT and core fields of digitalization. The Nordwit research thus suggests that improvements are needed in statistics about women’s participation in ICT-driven work, and here are some examples:
  • We need to develop statistical models that enable accurate capture of new forms of working, circuitous routes into ICT and technologized fields, and movement across jobs;
  • Make it a routine to have systematic entry and exit interviews when people start/leave jobs (for instance to identify how women’s career/work paths are gendered);
  • Gender equality statistics, as illustrated by the Nordwit research, should be informed by qualitative research findings, suggesting also that national offices of statistics could benefit from collaborating with researchers in the field.
Target groups for the advices are not only the national offices of statistics, but also ministries, EC, trans/national bodies (e.g. OECD, governmental labour surveys), trades unions, employer-employee forums, private research organizations, and NGOs. Read more about these topics from the Nordwit research:
  • Simonsen, M., & Corneliussen, H. G. (2020). What Can Statistics Tell About the Gender Divide in ICT? Tracing Men and Women’s Participation in the ICT Sector Through Numbers. In D. Kreps, T. Komukai, G. TV, & K. Ishii (Eds.), Human-Centric Computing in a Data Driven Society (379-397). Cham, Switzerland: Springer.
  • Corneliussen, H. G. (2021). A Random Choice, Late Discovery, and Penalty Rounds: Mapping women’s pathways to information technology education. In P. Kommers & M. Macedo (Eds.), Proceedings of the IADIS International Conferences ICT, Society and Human Beings; Web Based Communities and Social Media 2021; and e-Health 2021 (37-44): IADIS Press.
  • To be published during the spring of 2022: Unconventional routes into ICT work: Learning from women’s own solutions for working around gendered barriers, by Corneliussen & Seddighi, to be published in a book edited by Gabriele Griffin: Gender Inequalities in Tech-Driven Research and innovation: Living the Contradiction.

The NORDWIT final conference!

Nordwit five years ago!

Nearly five years since we started the work in NORDWIT, the Nordic Centre of Excellence on women in tech-driven careers. Now five years later, we have a lot of new research and findings, some of which will be presented in the final conference:

Welcome to the Nordwit final conference, 10–11 February 2022
Challenging the Nordic Gender Paradox: Gender in the Nordic Research and Innovation Area

The program is very exciting, with Nordwit researchers, the scientific advisory group, Nordforsk, and presentations by the ‘sister’ NCoE NORDICORE.

It seems like the Covid situation will make the whole thing go online.

See the program and register here to participate:

Det vanskelige ekteskapet…

Ny publikasjon ute sammen med Kari Dyb:

Det vanskelige ekteskapet mellom teknologi og omsorg

Les mer om vår diskusjon av ny teknologi som redskap for innovasjon i omsorg og en teknologireduserende diskurs som redskap for å ‘lirke inn’ teknologien i Tidsskrift for omsorgsforskning

Corneliussen, Hilde G. og Kari Dyb 2021. “Det vanskelige ekteskapet mellom teknologi og omsorg”, Tidsskrift for omsorgsforskning, 7 (3): 1-5. DOI: