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Women, Science, and Technology

A Reader in Feminist Science Studies, 3rd Edition

Edited by Mary Wyer, Mary Barbercheck, Donna Cookmeyer, Hatice Ozturk, Marta Wayne

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Women, Science, and Technology is an ideal reader for courses in feminist science studies. This third edition fully updates its predecessor with a new introduction and twenty-eight new readings that explore social constructions mediated by technologies, expand the scope of feminist technoscience studies, and move beyond the nature/culture paradigm.

Table of Contents

Women, Science, and Technology, third edition (2013)

Mary Wyer, Mary Barbercheck, Donna Giesman Cookmeyer, Hatice Örün Öztürk, and Marta Wayne


Introduction: Feminism, Science and Technology –Why It Still Matters

From Margins to Center: Educating Women for Scientific Careers

Moss-Racusin, Corinne A., Dovidio, John F., Brescoll, Victoria L., Graham, M. J., & Handelsman, Jo. (2012). Science faculty’s subtle gender biases favor male students. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 109, 1-6.

Subramaniam, Banu (2001). Snow Brown and the Seven Detergents: A metanarrative on science and the scientific method. In M. Wyer, M. Barbercheck, D. Geisman, H. Ozturk, & M. Wayne (Eds.), Women, Science, and Technology: A Feminist Reader (pp. 36-41). New York: Routledge.

Bilimoria, Diana, & Liang, Xiangfen (2012). State of knowledge about the workforce participation, equity, and inclusion of women in academic science and engineering. In D. Bilimoria & X. Liang (Eds.), Gender Equity in Science and Engineering (pp. 16-45). New York: Routledge.

Wayne, Marta (2000). Walking a tightrope: The feminist life of a drosophila biologist. NWSA Journal, 12, no. 3, 139-150.

Light, Jennifer (2009). When computers were women. In M. Layne (Ed.), Women in Engineering: Pioneers and Trailblazers (pp. 179-210). Reston, VA: American Society for Civil Engineers.

Mellström, Ulf (2009). The intersection of gender, race and cultural boundaries, or why is computer science in Malaysia dominated by women? Social Studies of Science,39, 885-907.

Schiebinger, Londa (2011). Interdisciplinary approaches to achieving gendered innovations in science, medicine, and engineering. Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, 36, 154-167.

Rosser, Sue (2012). The gender gap in patents. In S. Rosser (Ed.), Breaking into the Lab: Engineering Progress for Women in Science (pp. 150-177). New York: New York University Press.


Feminist Approaches in/to Science and Technology

Cohn, Carol (1987). Sex and death in the rational world of defense intellectuals. Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, 12, no. 4, 687-718.

Maines, Rachel (1989). Socially camouflaged technologies: The case of the electromechanical vibrator. IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology, June, 3-23.

Aengst, Jennifer & Layne, Linda L. (2010). The need to bleed? A feminist technology assessment of menstrual-suppressing birth control pills. In L. Layne (Ed.), Feminist Technology (pp. 55-88). Chicago: University of Illinois Press.

Jordan-Young, Rebecca M. & Rumiati, Raffaella I. (2012). Hardwired for sexism? Approaches to sex/gender in neuroscience. In R. Bluhm, A. J. Jacobson, & H. L. Maibom (Eds.), Neurofeminism: Issues at the intersection of feminist theory and cognitive science (pp. 105-120). Basingstoke, Hampshire, GBR: Palgrave Macmillan.

Milam, Erika L. (2012). Making males aggressive and females coy: Gender across the animal-human boundary. SIGNS: Journal of Women in Culture and Society,37, 935-959.

Roy, Deboleena (2008). Asking different questions: Feminist practices for the natural sciences. Hypatia, 23, 134-157.

Takeshita, Chikako (2011). "Keep life simple": Body/technology relationships in racialized global contexts. In C. Takeshita (Ed.), The global biopolitics of the IUD: How science constructs contraceptive users and women’s bodies (pp.137-162). Boston: MIT Press.

Technologies of Sex, Gender, and Difference

Hubbard, Ruth (2003). Science, power, gender: How DNA became the book of life. SIGNS: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, 28, 791-799.

Fausto-Sterling, Anne (2005). The bare bones of sex: Part 1—Sex and gender." Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, 30, no. 2, 1491-1527.

Bhatia, Rajani (2010). Constructing gender from the inside out: Sex-selection practices in the United States. Feminist Studies, 36, 260-292.

Roberts, Dorothy E. (2009). Race, gender, and genetic technologies: A new reproductive dystopia? SIGNS: Journal of Women in Culture and Society,34, 783-804.

Richardson, Sarah S. (2012). Sexing the X: How the X became the "female chromosome." SIGNS: Journal of Women in Culture and Society,37, 909-933.

Thinking Theoretically

Daniels, Jesse (2009). Rethinking cyberfeminism(s): Race, gender, and embodiment. Women’s Studies Quarterly, 37, 101-124.

Bray, Francesca (2007). Gender and technology. Annual Review of Anthropology, 36, 37-53.

Landström, Catharina (2007). Queering feminist technology studies. Feminist Theory, 8, 7-26.

Nordqvist, Petra (2008). Feminist heterosexual imaginaries of reproduction: Lesbian conception in feminist studies of reproductive technologies. Feminist Theory, 9, 273-292.

Waldby, Catherine & Cooper, Melinda. (2010). From reproductive work to regenerative labor: The female body and the stem cell industries. Feminist Theory, 11, 3-22.

Harding, Sandra (2011). Beyond postcolonial theory: Two undertheorized perspectives on science and technology. In S. Harding (Ed.), The Postcolonial Science and Technology Reader (pp. 1-31). Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

Theoretical Horizons in Feminist Technoscience Studies

Haraway, Donna (1991). Situated knowledges: The science question in feminism and the privilege of partial perspective. In D. Haraway (Ed.), Simians, Cyborgs, and Women: The Reinvention of Nature (pp. 183-201). New York: Routledge.

Barad, Karen (2003). Posthumanist performativity: Toward an understanding of how matter comes to matter. SIGNS: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, 28, 801-831.

Birke, Lynda, Bryld, Mette, & Lykke, Nina (2004). Animal performances: An exploration of intersections between feminist science studies and studies of human/animal relationships. Feminist Theory, 5, 167-183.

Fujimura, Joan (2006). Sex genes: A critical sociomaterial approach to the politics and molecular genetics of sex determination. SIGNS: Journal of Women in Culture and Society,32, 49-82.

Ahmed, Sara (2008). Open forum imaginary prohibitions: Some preliminary remarks on the founding gestures of the "new materialism." European Journal of Women’s Studies, 15, 23-39.

Weber, Jutta (2006). From science and technology to feminist technoscience. In K. Davis, M. S. Evans, & J. Lorber (Eds.), Handbook of Gender and Women’s Studies (pp. 397-414). London: SAGE.

Moore, Niamh (2011). Eco/feminism and rewriting the ending of feminism: From the Chipko movement to Clayoquot Sound. Feminist Theory, 12, 3-21.

About the Editors

Mary Wyer is Associate Professor of Psychology and Women’s and Gender Studies at North Carolina State University

Mary Barbercheck is Professor of Entomology at Pennsylvania State University.

Donna Cookmeyer is a Chair on the Institutional Review Board and the Research Integrity Officer for the Duke School of Medicine.

Hatice Örün Öztürk is Teaching Associate Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at North Carolina State University, Raleigh.

Marta L. Wayne is Professor of Biology at the University of Florida, Gainesville.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General

Table of Contents and Preface