The near-ubiquitous spread of ICT offers unprecedented opportunities for social and economic agents, reshapes social and economic structures and drives the emergence of socioeconomic networks. This book contributes to the growing body of literature and present state of knowledge, offering the reader broad evidence on how new information and communication technologies impact women’s economic and social empowerment and hence have an impact on overall welfare creation. More specifically, it concentrates on demonstrating how ICT may become "empowering technologies" through their implementation. The book is designed to provide deep insight into the theoretical and empirical evidence on ICT as a significant driver of women`s social and economic development.

Special focus is given to examining the following broad topics: channels of ICT impact on women's development; the role of ICT in enhancing women's active participation in formal labor markets; examples of how ICT encourages education, skills development, institutions development et alia, and thus contributes to women’s social and economic empowerment, as well as case-based evidence on ICT's role in fostering women’s equality.

The primary audience for the book will be scholars and academic professionals from a wide variety of disciplines but mainly those who are concerned with addressing the issues of economic development and growth, social development, the role of technology progress in the context of broadly defined socioeconomic progress.

Chapters 1 and 3 of this book are available for free in PDF format as Open Access from the individual product page at www.routledge.com. They have been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.


chapter 1|19 pages

Digital technologies and women's empowerment – casting the bridges

ByEwa Lechman, Piotr Paradowski
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chapter 2|26 pages

Mobile phone technologies as an opportunity for women's financial inclusion

What does the evidence say?
ByJeni Klugman, Elizabeth Kellison, Elena Ortiz

chapter 3|17 pages

Women empowering themselves to fit into ICT

ByHilde G. Corneliussen
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chapter 4|21 pages

The role of social technologies in women's empowerment perception

An international comparison
ByMagdalena Mądra-Sawicka, Joanna Paliszkiewicz, Jeretta Horn Nord, Fatih Çetin

chapter 5|17 pages

A multidimensional analysis of the digital gender gap in European Union Member States

ByMaría Rosalía Vicente, Ana Salomé García Muñiz

chapter 6|18 pages

ICT usage at work as a way to reduce the gender earnings gap among European entrepreneurs

ByJorge Barrientos-Marín, Na Fu, José María Millán, André van Stel

chapter 7|15 pages

Self-employment of women: an opportunity or the last resort?

ByDagmara Nikulin

chapter 8|17 pages

ICT and women's careers

Using grassroots ICT to expand women's participation in nontraditional careers
ByJessica Ohanian Perez, Danielle Cohen-Jarvie, David Drew

chapter 9|19 pages

Gender and support

Polish women at the beginning of their professional career in IT
ByAgnieszka Wałachowska

chapter 10|11 pages

ICTs for women's poverty alleviation

What does the theory and the practice tell us?
ByGalina Kondrateva, Mohamed Sami Ben Ali

chapter 11|19 pages

“When people come to me for suggestions, I feel like an expert”

Empowering women through smartphones in rural Bangladesh
ByAnindita Sarker, Monisha Biswas, Misita Anwar, Larry Stillman, Gillian Oliver

chapter 12|22 pages

Female unemployment in an emerging economy

A study of online social support as a coping strategy
BySaheed A. Gbadegeshin, Sunday A. Olaleye, Dandison C. Ukpabi, Benedicta Omokaro, Emmanuel Mogaji, Alex A. Ugwuja, Chijioke E Nwachukwu, Ayobami Adetoyinbo

chapter 13|21 pages

ICT and women's economic empowerment

A cross-country analysis through investigating the impact of ICT on women's financial inclusion
ByLipika Kankaria, Ujjal Protim Dutta