Connecting Gender, Women and ICT in Europe: A Long-Term Perspective

  • Valérie SchaferEmail author
  • Benjamin G. Thierry
Part of the History of Computing book series (HC)


Cross-analysing the problem of ICT with women and gender’s roles on a long-term perspective, as this collective book aspires to do, may seem challenging. As described in some pioneering historical works, the very notion of computing as a construct calls for a nuanced understanding. Great care is required to avoid amalgams that could introduce an artificial continuity that has no evidentiary basis between human computers, keypunch operators or today’s women labourers in computing (with all the diversity within the milieus of industry, public and private research, education, etc.). Therefore, creating a dialogue that includes diverse ICTs, diverse contexts and various European countries may make this all the more difficult. But the choice to embrace multiplicity seemed relevant from several angles that are discussed in this introductory chapter.


Gender Identity Chat Room Occupational Identity Airline Pilot Computer Culture 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Communication Sciences, (CNRS, Paris-Sorbonne, UPMC)ParisFrance
  2. 2.Université Paris-SorbonneInstitute for Communication Sciences, (CNRS, Paris-Sorbonne, UPMC)ParisFrance

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