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Women’s empowerment is considered the most effective poverty reduction strategy. Internet access, particularly through use of mobile phones, is key to participation in international development initiatives. Yet in many areas of the developing world (India, the Middle East, etc.) the majority of women are still "unconnected" and even banned from mobile phone use. A variety of socioeconomic factors and social and cultural norms prevent women from taking advantage of this "digital development," and the gap between men's and women's internet access is growing ever larger.

In this talk, Dr. Revi Sterling explores causes of this gender digital divide and strategies for closing it in ways that empower women. Dr. Sterling has been working at the intersection of women and technology for 20+ years and will share what works, what doesn't, and suggest ways for students and scholars to move forward and close the gap for good.

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  • Aime DeGrenier
  • Joeun Park
  • V.S. (Raghu) Raghavan
  • Lasya Priya Rao Jarugumilli

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