Connecting Women

Women, Gender and ICT in Europe in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Century
by Valérie Schafer & Benjamin G. Thierry
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Publisher: Springer International Publishing

Series: History of Computing

Publication Date: October 09, 2015

ISBN: 9783319208374

Binding: Kobo eBook

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This important volume examines European perspectives on the historical relations that women have maintained with information and communication technologies (ICTs), since the telegraph. Features: describes how gendered networks have formed around ICT since the late 19th Century; reviews the gendered issues revealed by the conflict between the actress Ms Sylviac and the French telephone administration in 1904, or by ‘feminine’ blogs; examines how gender representations, age categories, and uses of ICT interact and are mutually formed in children’s magazines; illuminates the participation of women in the early days of computing, through a case study on the Rothamsted Statistics Department; presents a comparative study of women in computing in France, Finland and the UK, revealing similar gender divisions within the ICT professions of these countries; discusses diversity interventions and the part that history could (and should) play to ensure women do not take second place in specific occupational sectors.