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Saturday, October 12 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm

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Room 241

Disrupting the Maker Movement with Feminist Pedagogy 
Meaghan Moody, Chava Spivak-Birndorf, University of Pennsylvania Libraries

Makerspaces and the Maker Movement are failing women. Women are underrepresented in makerspaces due to a lack of visible and accessible female mentors and an unofficial narrowing of what it means to make that focuses primarily on high-technology maker activities. This session will explore the erasure of women in the maker movement and discuss the values and initiatives we are applying to engage and elevate women as we create and grow a makerspace. We begin by examining the barriers women face in participating in the maker movement and discussing our efforts to establish a feminist makerspace. This will be followed by a hands-on making activity informed by feminist pedagogy. Participants will then be guided through reflection to spark ideas and projects relevant to their own communities.

Saturday October 12, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm EDT
Room 241