Valérie Schafer est chargée de recherche au CNRS (ISCC).

 

Connecting Women

Women, gender and ICT in Europe in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Century

 
Valérie Schafer, Benjamin G. Thierry (dir.), Springer, 2015, 174 p.

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This book provides a unique European perspective, describes important past research, as well as the current state of the art and presents a long-term vision from an international and interdisciplinary selection of experts.

Abstract

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.