Challenges and potentialities for women participating in the development of the information society

Núria Vergés Bosch, Eva Cruells López, Alex Hache

Abstract

Current feminist studies of technology understand gender and technology as mutually constitutive in a performative and fluid relationship, which leads us to talk about the effects of the development of information society for women and raise them in the form of challenges and potentialities. One of the main challenges of the development of information society is the persistence of the gender digital divide. However, a thorough analysis of the gender digital divide and further research about trajectories of women technologists sheds light on new presences, multidisciplinary training and developing practices, as well as new technological uses. Both analysis point to changes for women, mainly related to increased opportunities for participation in the development of information society from their various profiles, practices, and desires.

Keywords

Feminisms; Information society; Technologists; Gender digital divide; Women

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