Gender and Technology

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Even though information communication technology and the internet provide vast, novel and exceptional opportunities for development of humanity and empowerment in a wide range of areas starting from business, education, and health sectors they are also one of the major aspects toward economic and social discrepancies across a variety of social and economic groups (Primo, 2003). Gender divide is, in particular, one of the main inequalities to be augmented by the extensive advancement in technology. All over the globe women are faced by numerous, economic, social and cultural challenges that hinder their right to use as well as benefits from information and communication technology. Primo (2003) points out that increasing the comprehension in addition to awareness of these obstacles, but most importantly of the benefits associated with the use of information and communication technology, are significant strategies aimed at linking the gender technological divide and as well towards transforming it into technological opportunity. If women are involved and engaged in the ICT sector on an equal base with men, this would lead to improvement of the livelihood of people and make it more sustainable, and as a result enhance the social and economic progression of societies. Due to the fact that women make up the largest economic workforce of both developed and developing countries, devising a solution to various issues affecting women in reference to access to and use of ICT would be beneficial to economies of these countries (Primo, 2003). Though the ease through which advancement in technology can transmit and distribute information for purposes of development is well known, women’s access to various technological gadgets cannot be presum... ... middle of paper ... ...ahy and Yermish, 2003). In conclusion supporting and encouraging the involvement of women in various sectors of information technology is a beneficial strategy not only to their livelihood, but also to the livelihood and development of the whole community at large. Works Cited “Ada Lovelace” http://www.ieeeghn.org/wiki/index.php/Ada_Lovelace Bobbie Johnson (2008). “Online Gamers Play At Swapping Genders” http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2008/mar/05/games.internet Dibbell Julia (n d). “A Rape in Cyberspace” http://www.juliandibbell.com/articles/a-rape-in-cyberspace/ “Grace Hopper” (2008) http://www.ieeeghn.org/wiki/index.php/Grace_Murray_Hopper “Kathleen McNulty” (2008) http://www.ieeeghn.org/wiki/index.php/Kathleen_McNulty Randall Stross (2008). "What Has Driven Women Out of Computer Science?" http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/16/business/16digi.html
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