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date: 15 October 2019

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The chapter explores how information and communication technologies (ICTs) have brought about transformations in transnational feminist theory and practice in multiple ways that continue to challenge historically embedded areas of gender discrimination, not least those related to core areas of STEM—science, technology, engineering, and math. The boundary-crossing nature of ICTs transformed political space for women in transnational terms. Previously male-dominated international relations were reconfigured in significant ways by the cybertechnology revolution. Feminist critiques of male-dominated STEM and the drive toward digital cultures hold significant promise for new power for women. They also point to an area rich in potential for feminist and women’s future activism and advocacy as well as entrepreneurialism. This chapter develops these arguments in more detail by looking at feminism and the new networked world; transnational feminism and digital public spheres; and upping the policy stakes for gender balance in STEM and innovation.

Keywords: networked worlds, feminist critiques of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), innovation, digital public spheres

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