Women and Technical Innovation in Asia

“In an effort to challenge the common view that women passively respond to technology, the Do It Herself: Women and Technical Innovation in Asia research project, funded by UNIFEM, the Ford Foundation, and other organizations, was conceived to examine women’s contributions to technical innovations at a grassroots level.  Appleton features twenty-two descriptions of case studies covering technologies such as land reclamation in Bangladesh, pottery technology in Kenya, and banana drying in Bolivia. […] The introduction briefly discusses reasons for women’s invisibility in technological development, and identifies common themes that the research yielded.  Detailed descriptions of technologies and their impact on their communities follow case studies that feature information, including education levels, economic factors, and socio-political situations, about each country.”  Krikos et al (2004: 710-11)



Appleton, H. (ed) (1995) Do It Herself: Women and Technical Innovation, London: IT Publications

Krikos, L., Ingold, C., and Loeb, C. (2004) Women’s Studies: A Recommended Bibliography, Edition: 3, revised, Libraries Unlimited