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Alison Hunter and Raewyn Boersen
This paper reports the narratives of a small group of women studying IT in a large urban polytechnic in New Zealand. The study examined the influences contributing to the women's choice of study, the women's perceptions of the benefits of IT study and their views regarding reasons for women being under-represented in IT. Based on an assumption that women choosing a male dominated field of study could experience challenges such as negativity or isolation, we also investigated the emotional support the women received for their choice. Findings regarding the first three matters were in accord with results from studies conducted elsewhere, but findings regarding the emotional support the women received for choosing to study IT were surprising. The majority of women had experienced negative reactions from friends and family which meant they needed courage to pursue their chosen study path.