Women and Computers
This work examines women's reactions to computers and what the prospects are for women working in computing. It is based on the author's experiences during 30 years of continuous employment in computing, much of it in a university environment. The book considers women as end-users using computers for clerical and administrative work, and examines the potential of computers for domestic work in the home. It looks at the work of women and men who design the basic software to make the machines run at all and the environment in which decisions are made; this scene is examined from the point of view of the female workforce.
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The Myth of Male Logic and Female Intuition
Introduction to Part IV
The Liberal Level
The Radical Level
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Pagina 138 - For like as a man's disposition is never well known till he be crossed, nor Proteus ever changed shapes till he was straitened and held fast ; so the passages and variations of nature cannot appear so fully in the liberty of nature, as in the trials and vexations of art.
Pagina 138 - There is therefore much ground for hoping that there are still laid up in the womb of nature many secrets of excellent use, having no affinity or parallelism with anything that is now known, but lying entirely out of the beat of the imagination, which have not yet been found out.
Pagina 117 - ... once in a dozen years the conditions of eligibility exclude a fit person there is a real loss, while the exclusion of thousands of unfit persons is no gain; for if the constitution of the electoral body disposes them to choose unfit persons there are always plenty of such persons to choose from. In all things of any difficulty and importance those who can do them well are fewer than the need...
Pagina 138 - Neither ought a man to make scruple of entering and penetrating into these holes and corners, when the inquisition of truth is his sole object, — as your Majesty has shown in your own example...
Pagina 85 - Logic is a portion of the art of thinking; language is evidently, and by the admission of all philosophers, one of the principal instruments or helps of thought; and any imperfection in the instrument or in the mode of employing it is confessedly liable, still more than in almost any other art, to confuse and impede the process and destroy all ground of confidence in the result.
Pagina 127 - All the selfish propensities, the self-worship, the unjust self-preference, which exist among mankind, have their source and root in, and derive their principal nourishment from, the present constitution of the .relation between men and women.
Pagina 13 - As long as boys and girls run about in the dirt, and trundle hoops together, they are both precisely alike. If you catch up one half of these creatures, and train them to a particular set of actions and opinions, and the other half to a perfectly opposite set, of course their understandings will differ as one or the other sort of occupations has called this or that talent into action.
Pagina 68 - Such people are little aware, when a boy is differently brought up, how early the notion of his inherent superiority to a girl arises in his mind; how it grows with his growth and strengthens with his strength; how it is inoculated by one schoolboy upon another; how early the youth thinks himself superior to his mother, owing her perhaps forbearance, but no real respect; and how sublime and sultan-like a sense of superiority he feels, above all, over the woman whom he honours by admitting her to...
Pagina 101 - I do not know a more signal instance of the blindness with which the world, including the herd of studious men, ignore and pass over all the influences of social circumstances, than their silly depreciation of the intellectual, and silly panegyrics on the moral, nature of women.
Pagina 137 - But there is a still stronger reason. The most important thing women have to do is to stir up the zeal of women themselves. We have to stimulate their aspirations — to bid them not despair of anything, nor think anything beyond their reach, but try their faculties against all difficulties. In no other way can the verdict of experience be fairly collected, and in no other way can we excite the enthusiasm in women which is necessary to break down the old barriers.
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