Readings on gender & tech

Tufts recently held its second annual Women in Technology conference. If you’re interested in learning more about the intersections of gender and technology, here are some titles from Tisch Library to get you started. We know our collections need more (and better quality) representation of women and nonbinary people in tech. If you’ve got suggestions, please send them our way!


Abbate, J. (2012). Recoding gender: Women’s changing participation in computing. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Beyer, K. (2009). Grace Hopper and the invention of the information age. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Cabot, H. and Walravens, S. (2017). Geek girl rising: Inside the sisterhood shaking up tech. New York, NY: St. Martin’s Press.

Diamond, J. (2012). Feminist HCI for real: Designing technology in support of a social movement (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses. 3535852.

Evans, C.L. (2018). Broad band: The untold story of the women who made the Internet. New York, NY: Portfolio/Penguin.

Haraway, D. (2016). Manifestly Haraway. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press.

Magnet, S. (2011). When biometrics fail: Gender, race, and the technology of identity. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

McNutt, J.G. (Ed). (2018). Technology, activism, and social justice in a digital age. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

McPherson, T. (2018). Feminist in a software lab: Difference + design. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Newman, D. (2016). Female innovators at work: Women on top of tech. New York, NY: Apress.

Noble, S.U. (2018). Algorithms of oppression: How search engines reinforce racism. New York, NY: New York University Press.

Padua, S. (2015). The thrilling adventures of Lovelace and Babbage. New York, NY: Pantheon Books.

Shetterly, M.L. (2016). Hidden Figures: the American dream and the untold story of the Black women mathematicians who helped win the space race. New York, NY: William Morrow.

Trojer, L. (2017). Sharing fragile future: Feminist technoscience in contexts of implication. Kampala, Uganda: Makere University Press.

Zorn, I. (2007). Gender designs IT: Construction and deconstruction of information society technology. Wiesbaden : VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften.