This book offers fresh insight into women’s mastery of technologies commonly associated with men, and the important implications for institutional efforts to attract women and girls to technical courses and careers.
The work is structured across five original case studies featuring: breast cancer survivors in Newfoundland who constructed a wooden dragon boat using hand and power tools; Egyptian women who used information and communication technologies for political action during the Revolution of 2011; pioneer female audio engineers in the United States working in live concert and studio venues; US female commercial airline pilots; and a woman working in sewer maintenance in the City of Detroit. The case studies capture women’s own voices and present a range of historical and geographic locations.
A major contribution of this volume is the multidisciplinary analytical framework used to explain: women’s motivation to engage with non-traditional technologies, the role of peer and political support in encouraging persistence, and informal as well as formal knowledge and skill acquisition.
This is a unique book suitable for Undergraduates and Graduates in the fields of Women and Gender Studies, Science, Technology and Society (STS) Studies, Engineering Education, and Adult Education.
Forward and Acknowledgements
1 Built for Life: The Story of the Avalon Dragon Boat Builders
2 Digital Megaphone: Egyptian Women’s Cyberactivism in the Revolution and Beyond
3 Sound Sisters: Engineering Women’s Music 4 Woman in Underground Detroit: The Non-Traditional Early Occupation of a University Graduate
5 Reaching for the Sky: Women Pilots at Major Commercial Airlines
6 Toward a Women-and-Technology Paradigm of Empowerment