Dynamos and Virgins Revisited: Women and Technological Change in History / Edition 285

Dynamos and Virgins Revisited: Women and Technological Change in History / Edition 285

by Martha Moore Trescott
     
 

One of the first books published on the history of women and technology this text laid the groundwork for decades of impressive and increasing scholarship in this field. An edited collection of eleven essays based on scholarly research, it explores many of the ways women have affected technological change historically and how technology has impinged on them. Both

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One of the first books published on the history of women and technology this text laid the groundwork for decades of impressive and increasing scholarship in this field. An edited collection of eleven essays based on scholarly research, it explores many of the ways women have affected technological change historically and how technology has impinged on them. Both European and American topics, from the eighteenth century into the twentieth, are included, although the United States in the last 100 years is the focus.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810848917
Publisher:
The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
Publication date:
10/15/2003
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.65(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
Overview: From Virginia Dare to Virginia Slims: Women and Technology in American Life30
Part I.Women as Active Participants in Technological Change45
A.Women Operatives in Industry
Introduction47
1.The Programmed Brocade Loom and the "Decline of the Drawgirl"49
2.Ladies and Looms: The Social Impact of Machine Power in the American Carpet Industry67
3.Technological Change and Women's Work: Mechanization in the Berkshire Paper Industry, 1820-185577
B.Women Inventors, Engineers, Scientists and Entrepreneurs
Introduction100
1.Women inventors at the Centennial102
2.Women Scientists in America Before 1920120
3.Julia B. Hall and Aluminum149
Part II.Effects of Technological Change on Women in the Domestic Spheres181
A.Women as Housewives and Homemakers
Introduction183
1.Technology and Women's Work: The Lives of Working Class Women in Pittsburgh, 1870-1900185
2.The "Industrial Revolution" in the Home: Household Technology and Social Change in the 20th Century205
B.Females as Children and as Bearers and Rearers of Children
Introduction233
1.Female Physiology, Technology and Women's Liberation236
2.Toys, Technology and Sex Roles in America, 1920-1940252
Name Index269
Subject Index275

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