This study examines women's career potentials at the information and communication technology (ICT) sector in Egypt. Taking a case study approach, the study particularly focuses on female employees' involvement in training and developing activities for skill and capacity building. The findings of this study show that most of the female employees in the case study hold administrative positions. Training activities actually increase the gap between male and female workers, as male workers were allowed more technical and expensive training opportunities than female employees. The interviews also reveal the payment inequality between male and female employees in the case study organization. The study shows that the pressures of scheduling training courses and the heavy daily work demands on female employees all hinder their career growth potentials.


Public Policy & Administration Department

Degree Name

MA in Public Policy

Graduation Date


Submission Date

May 2014

First Advisor

Barsoum, Ghada

Committee Member 1

Ali, Hamid

Committee Member 2

Bhuiyan, Shahjahan


66 p.

Document Type

Master's Thesis


The author retains all rights with regard to copyright. The author certifies that written permission from the owner(s) of third-party copyrighted matter included in the thesis, dissertation, paper, or record of study has been obtained. The author further certifies that IRB approval has been obtained for this thesis, or that IRB approval is not necessary for this thesis. Insofar as this thesis, dissertation, paper, or record of study is an educational record as defined in the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 USC 1232g), the author has granted consent to disclosure of it to anyone who requests a copy.

Institutional Review Board (IRB) Approval

Approval has been obtained for this item


The success of this thesis required a lot of support, guidance and assistance from many beloved people and I am extremely fortute to have them along the way until the completion of my thesis. First and foremost, I would like to thank God for giving me the willingness to develop my academic career and the determition that he has bestowed upon me during the entire master’s studies and thesis. I would like to thank and express my deepest appreciation to my supervisor Dr. Ghada Barsoum for her unconditiol support throughout my entire master’s studies and especially during the thesis process. I would like to also thank my thesis committee: Dr. Hamid Ali and Dr. Shahjahan Bhuiyan for their guidance and support to reach where I am today. I dedicate this research to my family, for giving me the opportunity to continue my academic career and for all their patience and continuous support over this long process. I would like to thank my fiancé and all my dear friends & colleagues who have given me valuable insight, helpful alysis and precious thoughts.