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1. Godfrey, Elizabeth. Making gender: technologists and crafters in online makerspaces.

Degree: MS, Literature, Media, and Communication, 2015, Georgia Tech

The Maker Movement is a rapidly moving development towards non-traditional education through hands-on creation of technological artifacts, indicating tremendous potential for attracting previously marginalized groups underrepresented in science and technology fields. The movement is compellingly situated as the intersection of an expansive array of interdisciplinary efforts and thus equipped to be leveraged by women and girls who are more likely to originate from artistic and creative backgrounds. Women who make are severely underrepresented in all documented embodiments of the maker movement, including maker media, events, and tangible collaborative spaces. This study explores the possibilities of removing barriers to entry into making for women by converging upon the narrow focus of online makerspaces, engaging with the denizens of the space, and scrutinizing the manner in which they participate in the broader maker community. The timeliness of this probe into women’s personal engagement with science and technology making is indicated by the convergence of discussion surrounding the underrepresentation of women in STEM and approaches to increasing accessibility through making as a natural point of entry. Advisors/Committee Members: Le Dantec, Christopher (advisor), DiSalvo, Carl (committee member), Murray, Janet (committee member), Jafarinaimi, Nassim (committee member).

Subjects/Keywords: Making; Technology; Gender; Crafting; Instructables; Makerspaces; Maker movement

…include online maker communities like Instructables, Makezine, and Hackaday and makers to anyone… …further inquiry is made into the Instructables community, its affordances, and the gendered… …format on a number of online makerspaces, including Makezine, Hackaday, and Instructables… …on Instructables are women While disproportionate representation in the first two tech… …women in the Instructables community indicates that the site may differ in significant ways… 

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APA (6th Edition):

Godfrey, E. (2015). Making gender: technologists and crafters in online makerspaces. (Masters Thesis). Georgia Tech. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1853/53621

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Godfrey, Elizabeth. “Making gender: technologists and crafters in online makerspaces.” 2015. Masters Thesis, Georgia Tech. Accessed July 16, 2019. http://hdl.handle.net/1853/53621.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Godfrey, Elizabeth. “Making gender: technologists and crafters in online makerspaces.” 2015. Web. 16 Jul 2019.

Vancouver:

Godfrey E. Making gender: technologists and crafters in online makerspaces. [Internet] [Masters thesis]. Georgia Tech; 2015. [cited 2019 Jul 16]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/1853/53621.

Council of Science Editors:

Godfrey E. Making gender: technologists and crafters in online makerspaces. [Masters Thesis]. Georgia Tech; 2015. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/1853/53621

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