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Exploring Gender Stereotypes in Robots

Posted on: May 16, 2019

Emily Loparco '21, a triple major in German language, literature and culture in A&S; economics in A&S and Maxwell; and information management and technology in the iSchool, won the Max Kade Prize for the best paper presented at the Ninth Undergraduate Research Conference in German Studies at Lafayette College in Easton, PA. Emily's paper explored the beginning of gender-stereotyping in robots as depicted in the 1816 German short story, "The Sandman." She notes that female robots are typically used for nursing while male robots are used for defensive and protective duties.