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 freely available as downloadable Open Access PDFs at https://www.taylorfrancis.com under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND) 4.0 license. 


chapter 8|17 pages

ICT and women's careers

Using grassroots ICT to expand women's participation in nontraditional careers

chapter 9|19 pages

Gender and support

Polish women at the beginning of their professional career in IT

chapter 10|11 pages

ICTs for women's poverty alleviation

What does the theory and the practice tell us?

chapter 11|19 pages

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

Empowering women through smartphones in rural Bangladesh

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