Conference report for The Scholar and The Feminist X, 1983, page 2

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          Following opening remarks from Ellen Futter, Bettina Berch introduced
the three morning speakers: Judith McGaw, Maria Patricia Fernandez
Kelly and Donna Haraway. Judith McGaw, teacher in the history of
science program at the University of Pennsylvania, spoke first.

In her talk, "Man, Machine and Myth: A Feminist Historical Perspective
on Technology," she exposed several key myths about technological
history that she felt women had to address: the myth of the inventor,
the myth of the labor saving machine and the myth that machines
deprived workers of their skills. After exploring these myths and
explaining their strategic importance, she called for more research
as an antidote to such misleading mythologies.

Maria Patricia Fernandez Kelly, researcher at San Diego State University,
spoke next. Her talk, "Advanced Technology, International Development
and Women's Employment,“ focussed on the contemporary global situation
of women workers and the new technology. With examples drawn from

her recent Mexican research, she made analogies between those third
world women currently producing new technology, and first world women
formerly employed in electronics factories, but now underemployed.
Fernandez depicted the exploitation of the young women assembling

the new technology and at the same time made connections with parallel
situations in the first world, such as runaway shops and "urban enterprise
zone' projects. She spoke with vigor and force and was quite effective.

Donna Haraway, who teaches at the University of California at Santa
Cruz, spoke on "New Machines, New Bodies, New Communities: Political
Dilemmas for a Cyborg Feminist." She emphasized the wide range of
effects of the new changes in technology, in particular the impact
on our concepts of time, space, and even on the way we distinguish
boundaries between humans and machines. Urging feminists to give up
old notions of public vs private space, and old definitions of gender
and gender interests, she urged the development of concepts that
would speak to these new worlds. Her talk was imaginative, eclectic
and exciting. All in all, the morning speakers each gave very
different kinds of presentations which were extremely complementary.
They were effective in opening up the question of technology in
broad terms, suggesting to listeners the range of issues technology
includes and thereby setting the stage for afternoon workshop
discussions.

In the afternoon there were fourteen workshops on a wide range of
issues, from "Feminist Utopian Fiction" to "Workplace Automation:
Studying Technological Discrimination." Two workshops, "Video-

tape: A Women's Development Tool" and "Women's Trauma? Women's Friend?
Personal and Political Implications of the Microcomputer," focussed
on ways recent technological developments can be used to enhance
educational opportunities and the struggle for equality for women.
Other workshops addressed the impact of”new technology on women's
work, including "The Definition and Redefinition of Skill,"
“Organizing‘the New Workplace," and "Minority Women in the Workforce