Elizabeth Dayton, Ph.D. has produced a literature review for the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office Special Populations Collaborative on Drawing Women into the Maker Movement.
According to the paper, surveys show that over 80% of Makers are men, reflecting the same kind of gender imbalance found in most tech companies. This has significant implications for the kinds of ideas and inventions produced in Makerspaces.
This paper reviews the research and provides insight into how California Community College Makerspaces and other Maker communities can take steps to be more inclusive and benefit from a diverse community of Makers.
Topics include ways to address the disparities in the Maker movement:
- Broaden the definition of Making
- Offer open-ended, versatile prompts
- Emphasize the broader benefits of Making
- Build Maker communities
- Provide mentors