STS.049J | Spring 2004 | Undergraduate

Technology and Gender in American History


Readings from Gender and Technology may be found in: Mohun, Arwen, ed. Gender and Technology: A Reader. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003. ISBN: 9780801872594.

ses #  TOPICS Readings
1 Introduction  
2 Gender and History McGaw, Judith. “No Passive Victims, No Separate Spheres: A Feminist Perspective on Technology’s History.” In In Context: History and the History of Technology. Edited by Stephen Cutcliffe and Robert Post. Bethlehem: Lehigh University Press, 1989, pp. 172-191. ISBN: 9780934223034.
3 How Technologies are Gendered I

McGaw, Judith. “Why Feminine Technologies Matter.” In Gender and Technology, pp. 13-36.

Oldenziel, Ruth. “Why Masculine Technologies Matter.” In Gender and Technology, pp. 37-71.

4 How Technologies are Gendered II

Herzig, Rebecca. “Situated Technology: Meanings.” In Gender and Technology, pp. 72-97.

Maines, Rachel. “Situated Technology: Camoflage.” In Gender and Technology, pp. 98-119.

5 Advertising Gender Ewen, Stuart. Captains of Consciousness: Advertising and the Social Roots of Consumer Culture. New York, NY: McGraw Hill, 1977. ISBN: 9780070198463.
6 Redefining Gender by Way of Technology: Workplaces

Lerman, Nina. “Industrial Genders: Constructing Boundaries.” In Gender and Technology, pp. 123-152.

Mohun, Arwen. “Industrial Genders: Home/Factory.” In Gender and Technology, pp. 153-176.

7 Redefining Gender by Way of Technology: Workplaces (cont.)

Lipartito, Ken. “When Women Were Switches: Technology, Work and Gender in the Telephone Industry, 1890-1920.” American Historical Review 99 (Oct. 1994): 1074-1111.

Edwards, Paul. “Industrial Genders: Soft/Hard.” In Gender and Technology, pp. 177-203.

8-9 Technology in the Home Cowan, Ruth Schwartz. More Work for Mother: The Ironies of Household Technology from the Open Hearth to the Microwave. New York, NY: Basic Books, 1985. ISBN: 9780465047321.
10 Technology in the Home (cont.) Finish More Work for Mother.
11 Women in Technology: Medicine Saetnan, Ann Rudinow, Nelly Oudshoorn, and Marta Kirejczyk, eds. Bodies of Technology: Women’s Involvement in Reproductive Medicine. Columbus, OH: Ohio State University Press, 2000. ISBN: 9780814250501.
12 Midterm Exam  
13 Women and Engineering at MIT Gibson, Lorna, et. al. “Report of the School of Engineering.” Cambridge, MA: MIT, March 2002. (PDF)
14 Engineering and Masculinity I Oldenziel, Ruth. Making Technology Masculine: Men, Women, and Modern Machines in America, 1870-1945. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2004, first half. ISBN: 9789053563816.
15 Engineering and Masculinity II Finish Making Technology Masculine.
16 Women in Technology: Computers

Light, Jennifer. “Programming.” In Gender and Technology. pp. 295-326.

Turkle, Sherry. Life on the Screen: Identity in the Age of the Internet. New York, NY: Simon and Schuster, 1997, selections. ISBN: 9780684833484.

17 Gender and Aviation  
18 Identity and Consumer Culture I Peiss, Kathy. Hope in a Jar: The Making of America’s Beauty Culture. New York, NY: Henry Holt, 1999, first half. ISBN: 9780805055511.
19 Identity and Consumer Culture II Finish Hope in a Jar.
20 Automobility, Freedom, and Constraint I Scharff, Virginia. Taking the Wheel: Women and the Coming of the Motor Age. New York, NY: Free Press, 1992, first half. ISBN: 9780826313959.
21 Automobility, Freedom, and Constraint II Finish Taking the Wheel.
22 Production and Consumption in Modern America Horowitz, Roger, and Arwen Mohun, eds. His and Hers: Gender, Consumption, and Technology. Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia Press, 1998, first half. ISBN: 9780813918020.
23 Production and Consumption in Modern America Finish His and Hers.
24-25 Presentations