Women & Technology

Despite considerable progress in the past two decades, women and girls in many countries of the world face significant challenges engaging with digital technologies, which impacts education, workforce development, health, and wellbeing. This digital gender gap has profound implications for the pursuit of women’s rights and for the overall social, technological, and economic advancement of societies. There is a need to better understand girls’ and women’s adoption of and interest in digital technology. In many instances the social norms and practices that shape women’s opportunities to learn, master, and create technology also need to be transformed, in order to strengthen women’s agency and allow them to equitably participate in digital life. We examine the strategies through which women in different cultural, social, and political settings can more effectively use, transform, and create digital technologies and the impact of these strategies in advancing gender equity.

  • What are the different social and cultural norms that deter or incentivize girls and women to effectively and equitably use digital technologies? How can social norms that deter an equitable participation of women in digital life be overcome or mitigated?
  • How can non-formal learning environments such as public libraries and non-profit organizations be harnessed to promote women’s opportunities to learn, master, and create technology?
  • What are the characteristics of these learning spaces and training programs that can more successfully advance gender equity in different social contexts?

Projects

People & Organizations

  • Research Team
  • Maria Garrido, Principal Research Scientist, Information School