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

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Dynamos and Virgins Revisited: Women and Technological Change in History, first published by Scarecrow Press in 1979, was one of the first books published on the history of women and technology and 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. The book is divided into two main sections, each subdivided with introductions. The first covers "women as active participants in technological change" and contains essays on women industrial workers, inventors, and scientists. The second section views "effects of technological change on women in the domestic spheres", covering women as homemakers, bearers, and rearers of children. Today, with the renewed interest in women's contributions in all fields, including science, engineering, and technology, women's history, and women's and gender studies programs, this paperback edition will certainly continue to be a very useful and now more affordable reference work for students and individual scholars, as well as university, school, and public libraries.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810848917
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 10/15/2003
  • Edition number: 285
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Martha Moore Trescott has been a research associate in the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a professor of history and director of campus ministry at Marycrest University in Davenport, Iowa, and an adjunct professor in history and in social issues in technology at DeVry University, Dallas, Texas. She is the author of numerous papers, articles and essays in books and journals on the history of women and technology, and is currently doing research and writing in the history of women and technology in both Dallas and Fayetteville, Arkansas.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Overview: From Virginia Dare to Virginia Slims: Women and Technology in American Life 30
Part I. Women as Active Participants in Technological Change 45
A. Women Operatives in Industry
Introduction 47
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 Industry 67
3. Technological Change and Women's Work: Mechanization in the Berkshire Paper Industry, 1820-1855 77
B. Women Inventors, Engineers, Scientists and Entrepreneurs
Introduction 100
1. Women inventors at the Centennial 102
2. Women Scientists in America Before 1920 120
3. Julia B. Hall and Aluminum 149
Part II. Effects of Technological Change on Women in the Domestic Spheres 181
A. Women as Housewives and Homemakers
Introduction 183
1. Technology and Women's Work: The Lives of Working Class Women in Pittsburgh, 1870-1900 185
2. The "Industrial Revolution" in the Home: Household Technology and Social Change in the 20th Century 205
B. Females as Children and as Bearers and Rearers of Children
Introduction 233
1. Female Physiology, Technology and Women's Liberation 236
2. Toys, Technology and Sex Roles in America, 1920-1940 252
Name Index 269
Subject Index 275
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