This week we’re reading Katherine T. Durack’s (1997) landmark essay, “Gender, Technology, and the History of Technical Communication” from Technical Communication Quarterly. As you shape your response, you might find the following questions helpful:
- What does Durack mean by “women’s work”? Why is understanding this concept essential to the rest of her argument?
- What are some of the barriers to women being recognized as technical writers and communicators?
- What are some of the technical writing genres that we might associate with women’s work? What could an analysis of these genres uncover?
- How does Durack’s article inform you understanding of autoethnography?