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As a woman highly influenced and involved in multimedia technologies this reading hits right at the heart Although through minimal experiences I have been brought face to face with discrimination mainly by males for the reason that a girl using a computer is not right and that instead I should be doing something around the house In the 21st century womens rights has steadily increased however we find ourselves still in a society where we are oppressed for using forms of technology as opposed to cleaning the home or preparing a meal Melanie Stewart Millars article Women Technological Exclusion and Strategy deals with the electromechanical exclusion of women and its various effects The technological subordination of women as seen through history in our exclusion and the purposeful historical neglecting of female contributions to technology has resulted in the relationship between technological and social power allowing for a highly patriarchal society and a male dominated work environment As the article demonstrates few women have overcome the gender barrier while most have become victims of technological exclusion in the past resulting with societys actions of limiting opportunity for work in technology Women in history were never given benefits allowances and opportunities to work with new technology thus not enabling them to be a part of it This idea of constant rejection of women is evident as women have been continually excluded from the construction of western scientific knowledge and technology 17 For hundreds of years women have been victimized into believing that their place was in the home thus presuming to stay out of great technological developments One of the major issues surrounding female exclusion was the lack of financial and social support and the opportunities and access to technical and theoretical education 17 Millar illustrates that womens systematic exclusion from the public spheres and from the institutions that support science and technology has ensured that technology remains a masculine domain 15 Women were purposefully subjected
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