Women, History, and Information and Communications Technologies

  • Margaret Conrad After a forty-year career in the field of history, Margaret Conrad retired in June 2009. She has published extensively on aspects of Atlantic Canadian history and Women's Studies and is currently an Honorary Research Professor at the University of New Brunswick.
  • Sasha Mullally Sasha Mullally, University of New Brunswick, teaches courses in Canadian history, the Social History of Medicine, and Women and Gender History. Her research investigates the history of 20th century rural health and health care in Canada and the United States. She has an emerging interest in digital scholarship; and plans to put everything she ever writes online.


While women are attending universities in such large numbers that serious consideration is being given to affirmative action for men, the number of women enrolling in information and communications technologies (ICTs) programs seems to have stalled and even declined over the last three decades. This paper explores the larger context of women's engagement in the new media and surveys the landscape of women's involvement in digital history initiatives in Canada. Résumé Tandis que les femmes s'inscrivent à l'université en si grand nombre que des considérations importantes sont données à l'action positive pour les hommes, le nombre de femmes qui s'inscrivent aux programmes en information et en technologies de communication (TIC) semble être arrivé à un point mort, même avoir diminuer au cours des trois dernières décennies. Cet article explore le contexte plus large de l'engagement des femmes dans les médias et étudie la participation des femmes aux initiatives numériques historiques au Canada.