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Perspectives on Women and Technology From Around the World

For my project, I researched how technology can empower women and how this can lead to their own improved lives and betterment for society as a whole. I looked into this in both developed countries and developing countries, as both struggle with slightly different aspects of the issue.

I was playing around with the different tools and made two versions. The first one has the transformations and effects that I wanted, but no music. The second one has music, but none of the effects I wanted to put in.


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  1. Anne Dalke permalink*
    April 26, 2009

    I’m so grateful to you for showcasing a global perspective on women and technology–a dimension lamentably missing from much of our class discussion. Thanks for expanding our point of view.

    I’m also struck by your giving us two technological versions: one with “transformations and effects,” the other with music. Can you tell us a little bit more about what you were aiming @ with each of those effects: why that particular soundtrack (it’s so…soothing to me; was that your intent?). And why the dynamism of your slides? (provoking to me: I like to see it all, and do my own skimming, not have my reading directed for me….)

    The larger and more important point has of course to do w/ your very upbeat perspective on the possibilities that exist for women’s technological use, in both developed and developing countries. I’m wondering if there aren’t quit a few downsides that you haven’t showcased here?

  2. April 26, 2009

    Like Anne, I’m struck by the global emphasis of your project. It’s a much-needed perspective. To me, the point is that we’ve spent a lot of time and do spend a lot of time lamenting the fact that so few women are in STEM careers here in the U.S., when the benefits of having more women in STEM careers in developing countries might have a bigger impact overall. On the other hand, it seems to me that there must be larger barriers to women pursuing these careers in developing countries, but that may be my own US-centric view. I would like to see what those barriers are and perhaps some suggestions for overcoming them. I suspect what’s needed is quite different that what’s needed in the US.

    I’m also struck by the two different versions. Having helped a number of people try to overcome the restrictions some tools created in terms of using music or not, having effects or not, I know that sometimes the vision just can’t be completely realized with a simple tool. I like the effects of the first one–the large words which we originally focus on and then see the surrounding context later. The music is nice too and would probably have worked well with the effects. Thanks for sharing both!

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