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Breaking into the LabEngineering Progress for Women in Science$
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Sue V. Rosser

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814776452

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814776452.001.0001

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The Impact That Women Have Made on Science and Technology

The Impact That Women Have Made on Science and Technology

(p.178) 7 The Impact That Women Have Made on Science and Technology
Breaking into the Lab

Sue V. Rosser

NYU Press

This chapter draws on several feminist theoretical perspectives to examine the relationships among, and impact of women scientists upon, gender, science, and technology. All of these perspectives have affected experimental methods by placing women in central focus. Feminism appears to affect experimental methods more significantly in fields such as the social sciences and biology, where sex or gender is prominent and evident. On the other hand, feminism seems to have less effect in areas of basic research in the physical sciences and mathematics on fundamentals such as string theory. In the technological and applied areas of physics, math, and the natural sciences such as engineering, computer science, and medicine, the very powerful fusion of biology and computer science has created a new technoscience, which has facilitated sequencing the human genome and amazing advances in biomedical engineering, as well as cyberfeminism.

Keywords:   feminist theories, women scientists, science, computer science, technoscience, biomedical engineering, cyberfeminism

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