Questions from the 10-28-1982 Meeting, 1982, page 1

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Scholar and Feminist Planning Committee Members

M Lee Coppernoll, Women's Center

SURECT Questions compiled from 10/28/82 meeting and individual lisޤATE4, 11/3/82

Shall we ask questions of technology's impact on women from historical perspective,
addressing past, present and future change? Start at post WWII period, 1st or 2nd
industrial revolutions?

Why aren't there more women scientists given that there are not tremendous differences
between the way young boys and girls think? Is this the result of the educational
process, the media? Why is science connoted as masculine? What about the effect

of male networks of monitoring? Who does science? What has kept women out of

science and technology at a decision—making level? Are women in science and techno-
logy occupations dropping out to raise children at a similar rate as in the past?

What are the gendered aspects of technology? Are these "gender alternatives" to
the way technology is developed and used; for example, computer language can be
developed in mathematical or foreign language mode.

How does the dimension of gender enter the new technological matrix?

How accessible will computer literacy be for women in general but especially for
minority women? Access as user or creator? What is the nature of women's relation
to computers now and how will it and can it change? What will be the participation
.of women in general, and those with specific needs, in the development of software?
If we examine the developemnt of software, AI, do we find a gender bias?

How do third world women relate to technology? How do first world women relate to
technology? In general, how is the question of technology different for women
of different classes?

Shall we examine utopian sects and women's relations to technology in those
sects, particularly the Shakers?

What issues of power and control are raised when we examine the questions of women and

What is the relationship between technology and power? Where does impetus for
technological change come from?

How can women achieve more control over technology in order to create technology

that improves the quality of their lives? How can feminists develop a critique of

technology which allows women to have more control over the development of future



What are the grounds on which we are attempting to make an analysis of technology
and women? Disciplinary? Historical? What tools must we use? And what is feminist
about our grounds?

Because of the contradictory nature of technology, should we do a case study which
will bring out these contradictions?