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Connecting Women

Women, Gender and ICT in Europe in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Century

  • Valérie Schafer
  • Benjamin G. Thierry
  • Provides a unique European perspective

  • Describes important past research, as well as the current state of the art

  • Presents a long-term vision from an international and interdisciplinary selection of experts


Part of the History of Computing book series (HC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Valérie Schafer, Benjamin G. Thierry
    Pages 1-23
  3. Networks and Empowerment. Introductory Remarks

  4. Gendered Representations. Introductory Remarks

  5. ICT and Professionalization. Introductory Remarks

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 171-174

About this book


This important volume examines European perspectives on the historical relations that women have maintained with information and communication technologies (ICTs), since the telegraph.

Presenting a dialogue which encompasses a diverse selection of transnational and interdisciplinary studies, the text investigates forms of female empowerment, gendered representations and women’s professionalization, in different spheres of ICT.

Topics and features:

  • Describes how gendered networks have formed around ICT since the late 19th Century, focusing on the media of the telegraph, the press and the radio
  • Reviews the gendered issues revealed by the conflict between the actress Ms. Sylviac and the French telephone administration in 1904, or by ‘feminine’ blogs
  • Examines how gender representations, age categories, and uses of ICT interact and are mutually formed in children’s magazines
  • Illuminates the participation of women in the early days of computing, through a case study on the Rothamsted Statistics Department
  • Presents a comparative study of women in computing in France, Finland and the UK, revealing similar gender divisions within the ICT professions of the three countries
  • Discusses diversity interventions and the part that history could (and should) play to ensure women do not take second place in specific occupational sectors

Providing a broad analysis on the interconnections between innovation, technology, and women’s history, this collection will be of great interest to all researchers at the intersection of gender studies, media history and the history of computing.

Dr. Valérie Schafer is a researcher at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS, Institute for Communication Sciences), Paris, France. Dr. Benjamin G. Thierry is an assistant professor at Paris-Sorbonne University.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Valérie Schafer
    • 1
  • Benjamin G. Thierry
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute for Communication SciencesCNRS, Paris-Sorbonne, UPMCParisFrance
  2. 2.Institute for Communication Sciences CNRS, Paris-Sorbonne, UPMCUniversité Paris-SorbonneParisFrance

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Connecting Women
  • Book Subtitle Women, Gender and ICT in Europe in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Century
  • Editors Valérie Schafer
    Benjamin G. Thierry
  • Series Title History of Computing
  • Series Abbreviated Title History of Computing
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Computer Science Computer Science (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-20836-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-36484-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-20837-4
  • Series ISSN 2190-6831
  • Series E-ISSN 2190-684X
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 174
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics History of Computing
    Gender Studies
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