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date: 15 April 2024


The Oxford Encyclopedia Women in World History
Francesca BrayFrancesca Bray

What is known about women and technology through the ages is limited and patchy, at least until the recent past. This is partly a reflection of how technology has been understood by historians, archaeologists, and other scholars of technology: only recently have assumptions that technology is essentially a masculine domain been challenged. But what is known is also limited by the availability of data, whether images, artifacts, or documents. Sometimes there are simply no sources to interpret. In some cases new approaches to technology suggested by feminism, social studies of technology, and anthropology have given rise to novel kinds of material or new interpretations. But the picture will always be uneven: fewer sources survive from ancient societies than from more recent ones, and some societies were more interested than others in recording technical activities.... ...

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