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Women, Technology, and the Myth of Progress

Women, Technology, and the Myth of Progress
Author: Eileen B. Leonard
ISBN 13: 9780130985958
ISBN 10: 130985953
Edition: 1
Publisher: Pearson
Publication Date: 2002-04-18
Format: Paperback
Pages: 246
List Price: $78.60

This book explores reproductive, household, and office technology in order to challenge popular notions of technology as progressive for women. It argues that technology gives its benefits differentially, depending on such critical social issues as race, gender, and class.

Topics in this provocative analysis include the social construction of technology, the status of women, reproductive technology, office technology, household technology, the myth of progress, and implications for social change.

A provocative read for anyone interested in women's issues with regard to household, workplace, and reproductive technological breakthroughs.


Leonard (sociology, Vassar College) provides a critical analysis of technology, with a focus on the experiences of contemporary U.S. women. Coverage includes the social nature of technological development and use; mass media and its messages; the impact of technological developments on the social and economic status of women in the U.S.; specific problems associated with reproductive, office, and household technologies; reasons why technology has not been subjected to more critique in American society; and the potential of technology to improve human life. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)