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Women's Roles: Do They Exist in a Technological Workforce?

Women's Roles: Do They Exist in a Technological Workforce?
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Author(s): Heshium R. Lawrence (The University of Texas at Tyler, USA)
Copyright: 2015
Pages: 13
Source title: STEM Education: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Information Resources Management Association (USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-7363-2.ch071

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Abstract

Women have played a significant role in the birth and history of technology, yet their roles have diminished in recent decades and their voices have often gone unheard. Slocum (1975) states that though “women were probably its first inventors” (pp. 36-50), their roles are largely unrecognized and acknowledged. Lois Mossman, for example, one of the first women to play an active role in the pedagogy of the field now known as Industrial Technology, is rarely mentioned in contemporary literature or in discussion about the field of Industrial Technology. The myriad of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programs are found throughout academia and the professions in the United States; however, women in these programs and fields are still underrepresented and their roles relegated to the margins. This chapter identifies and discusses the apparent inequality of the roles of women in the field of technology. Additionally, it offers several potential solutions for addressing the inequality, and offers recommendations on how women can assume, retain, and provide service in roles as technology leaders.

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