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New Left Review I/205, May-June 1994


Swasti Mitter

What Women Demand of Technology

Looking back, my interest in technology must have begun somewhere around 1947—it started in my mother’s kitchen where, I still remember, she used to resort to ingenious fuel-saving devices in order to stretch the small sum of money that she had for feeding her six children, elderly parent-in-law and umpteen dependants in our typical Indian middle-class family. It was around the time of independence and the partition of India, life was hard—my lawyer/politician father was continually in and out of prison and of parliament—and my mother had the sole responsibility for our survival and education. [1] This text was originally given as an Inaugural Lecture at the University of Brighton on 18 May 1993.

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