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Gender and Information Technology: Moving Beyond Access to Co- Create Global Partnership by Mary Kirk (review)

Gender and Information Technology: Moving Beyond Access to Co- Create Global Partnership by Mary... Book Reviews Kirk, Mary. Gender and Information Technology: Moving Beyond Access to Co-Create Global Partnership. Hershey, Penn.: Information Science Reference, 2009. 311 pp. In Gender and Information Technology, Mary Kirk puts forth an original and holistic analysis of the information technology sector. While the title of this work seems to suggest an instructional manual, Kirk situates structural problems that diminish the role of women as developers and consumers of information technology (IT) in the context of feminism. Viewing IT through the lens of women's experience provokes a sometimes inspiring discussion of disrupting and reshaping institutions characterized more by dominance than inclusion. The book is organized into three sections: "One Feminist's Perspective," "Perspectives on Dominator Social Institutions," and "Perspectives on Partnership Social Institutions." Each chapter concludes with "Questions for Reflective Dialog," often prodding students and teachers to examine chapter content in light of their own experience with science and technology. f eminist te ach e r The three chapters in part 1 contextualize the subject of gender and IT. In "Demyth-ifying Feminism: Reclaiming the `F' Word," Kirk discusses myths about feminism and feminists, as observed in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields (STEM). While this chapter is not a http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Feminist Teacher University of Illinois Press

Gender and Information Technology: Moving Beyond Access to Co- Create Global Partnership by Mary Kirk (review)

Feminist Teacher , Volume 23 (1) – Nov 27, 2012

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Book Reviews Kirk, Mary. Gender and Information Technology: Moving Beyond Access to Co-Create Global Partnership. Hershey, Penn.: Information Science Reference, 2009. 311 pp. In Gender and Information Technology, Mary Kirk puts forth an original and holistic analysis of the information technology sector. While the title of this work seems to suggest an instructional manual, Kirk situates structural problems that diminish the role of women as developers and consumers of information technology (IT) in the context of feminism. Viewing IT through the lens of women's experience provokes a sometimes inspiring discussion of disrupting and reshaping institutions characterized more by dominance than inclusion. The book is organized into three sections: "One Feminist's Perspective," "Perspectives on Dominator Social Institutions," and "Perspectives on Partnership Social Institutions." Each chapter concludes with "Questions for Reflective Dialog," often prodding students and teachers to examine chapter content in light of their own experience with science and technology. f eminist te ach e r The three chapters in part 1 contextualize the subject of gender and IT. In "Demyth-ifying Feminism: Reclaiming the `F' Word," Kirk discusses myths about feminism and feminists, as observed in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields (STEM). While this chapter is not a

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