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Technology and Gender Inequalities

The Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities
University of Cambridge Friday 17 March 2006, 11.00am - 16.00pm

In what ways has ‘women’s work’ been transformed by sophisticated household appliances and ready-meals. Is the gender divide in internet use disappearing or are users still overwhelmingly young, white, rich, educated and male? What are the processes which constrain and enable women and men from progressing in careers in science, engineering and technology? Why do so many women and men still feel harried when they are surrounded by time-saving technologies? This seminar confronts these and other questions by examining some of the reasons why women and men do not experience the revolutionary force of new technologies in the same way. Sessions will explore the interaction of gender and technology in relation to: career aspirations and career experience; gendered patterns of internet use; the impact of new technologies on women’s experiences of home and workplace; and the ways in which technology influences women’s and men’s experience of time. The event is organized by the ESRC Gender Equality Network as part of the Cambridge Science Festival and the ESRC’s Social Science Week.

10.30-11.00 

Registration

11.00-13.00

Session 1

Careers in science, engineering and technology: His and her story
Ingrid Schoon and Andy Ross, City University London Conference Abstract Presentation

Job segmentation and gendered social networks in the knowledge economy
Mia Gray and Tomoko Kurihara, University of Cambridge Conference Abstract Presentation

Virtually Solved?
Sonia Liff and Corinna di Gennaro, Oxford Internet Institute Conference Abstract

Discussant: Ursula Martin, Professor of Computer Science, Queen Mary University, London

Chair: Jacqueline Scott, University of Cambridge

13.00-14.00 

Lunch

14.00-16.00

Session 2

Inclusive design and design exclusion
Hua Dong, University of Cambridge Conference Abstract Presentation

Analysing the temporal organization of daily life: social constraints and their allocation
Dale Southerton, University of Manchester Conference Abstract Presentation

New Technologies and the transformation of women’s labour at home and work
Miriam Glucksmann, University of Essex Conference Abstract Presentation (This is a large file of 28MB so may be slow to download on a dial up connection)

Chair: Susan McRae