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Feminist HCI is a subfield of human-computer interaction (commonly called HCI) that focuses on helping the field of HCI build interactions that pay attention to gender, equity, and social justice in research and in the design process.


Feminist HCI sets a stage for the explicit inclusion of feminism in HCI. Starting with Shaowen Bardzell's 2010 article "Feminist HCI: Taking Stock and Outlining an Agenda for Design", feminist HCI looks to the design and evaluation of interactive computing systems from a feminist lens.[1]Building off of the epistemology of feminist standpoint theory, feminist HCI is focused on highlighting the values of feminism in HCI work, like equity, diversity, and social justice, and also to understand the influence gender plays on the design and evaluation of interactive systems. Given that feminism is a heterogeneous concept, there is no singular methodology for undertaking feminist HCI projects.[2] However, Isabel Prochner's broad-reaching research on feminist design [3] [4] shows that feminist perspectives in design can often support:

Bridging the gap between feminism and HCI, Feminist HCI has applications in theory, methodology, user research, and evaluation that will allow practitioners to critique systems already in place as well as generate new HCI practices focused on gender, equity, and social justice. Theoretical contributions of feminism like the masculinity of technology and the social production of gender point towards the importance of addressing gender and equity directly in HCI.[5]

Qualities of feminist interaction

Building off of interaction design, feminist HCI builds on six core qualities to feminist interaction:[1]

Select findings

The following presents a sampling of results from research utilizing feminist HCI:

See also


  1. ^ a b Bardzell, Shaowen (2010). Feminist HCI: Taking Stock and Outlining an Agenda for Design. Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. pp. 1301–1310. doi:10.1145/1753326.1753521. ISBN 9781605589299. S2CID 207178540.
  2. ^ Bardzell, Shaowen; Bardzell, Jeffrey (2011). Towards a Feminist HCI Methodology: Social Science, Feminism, and HCI. Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. pp. 675–684. doi:10.1145/1978942.1979041. ISBN 9781450302289. S2CID 17014760.
  3. ^ Prochner, Isabel (2020). "Starting a Feminist Design Think Tank". Proceedings of Pivot 2020: Designing a World of Many Centers - DRS Pluriversal Design SIG Conference. doi:10.21606/pluriversal.2020.105. ISBN 9781912294428. S2CID 231473965.
  4. ^ Prochner, Isabel; Marchand, Anne (2018). "Learning from feminist critiques of and recommendations for industrial design". Proceedings of Design as a Catalyst for Change - DRS International Conference 2018. DRS2018: Catalyst. 2. doi:10.21606/drs.2018.355. ISBN 9781912294275. S2CID 150913753.
  5. ^ Rode, Jennifer A. (2011). "A theoretical agenda for feminist HCI". Interacting with Computers. 23 (5): 393–400. doi:10.1016/j.intcom.2011.04.005.
  6. ^ Dimond, Jill (2012). Feminist HCI for real: Designing technology in support of a social movement. Georgia Institute of Technology. hdl:1853/45778.
  7. ^ Dimond, Jill P.; Dye, Michaelanne; Larose, Daphne; Bruckman, Amy S. (2013). Hollaback!: The Role of Storytelling Online in a Social Movement Organization. Proceedings of the 2013 Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work. pp. 477–490. doi:10.1145/2441776.2441831. ISBN 9781450313315. S2CID 9473790.
  8. ^ D'Ignazio, Catherine; Hope, Alexis; Michelson, Becky; Churchill, Robyn; Zuckerman, Ethan (2016). A Feminist HCI Approach to Designing Postpartum Technologies: "When I First Saw a Breast Pump I Was Wondering if It Was a Joke". Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. pp. 2612–2622. doi:10.1145/2858036.2858460. ISBN 9781450333627. S2CID 16030755.
  9. ^ Fiesler, Casey; Morrison, Shannon; Bruckman, Amy S. (2016). An Archive of Their Own: A Case Study of Feminist HCI and Values in Design. Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. pp. 2574–2585. doi:10.1145/2858036.2858409. ISBN 9781450333627. S2CID 8394004.