Crossing gender boundaries: from Lagash to Lowell

Rita P. Wright

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    Abstract

    Deeply embedded cultural assumptions about appropriate women's and men's work have persisted throughout human history. Embedded in attitudes about professions and technologies are cultural notions of manhood and womanhood. In this paper, I discuss two examples, one from the ancient province of Lagash in present-day Iraq around 4,000 years ago and the other from mid-19th century America. These examples illustrate the hidden dimensions and gendered assumptions that underlay historical processes. They also demonstrate that barriers to change can be culturally mediated by employing effective strategies that balance present needs with prevailing perceptions about appropriate gendered workplaces and professions.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages260-265
    Number of pages6
    StatePublished - 1999
    EventProceedings of the 1999 International Symposium on Technology and Society (IEEE ISTAS '99) 'Women and Technology: Historical, Societal, and Professional Perspectives' - New Brunswick, NJ, USA
    Duration: Jul 29 1999Jul 31 1999

    Conference

    ConferenceProceedings of the 1999 International Symposium on Technology and Society (IEEE ISTAS '99) 'Women and Technology: Historical, Societal, and Professional Perspectives'
    CityNew Brunswick, NJ, USA
    Period7/29/997/31/99

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Engineering(all)

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    Wright, R. P. (1999). Crossing gender boundaries: from Lagash to Lowell. 260-265. Paper presented at Proceedings of the 1999 International Symposium on Technology and Society (IEEE ISTAS '99) 'Women and Technology: Historical, Societal, and Professional Perspectives', New Brunswick, NJ, USA, .