Silicon Valley, Women, and the California Dream: Gender, Class, and Opportunity in the Twentieth Century

Silicon Valley, Women, and the California Dream: Gender, Class, and Opportunity in the Twentieth Century

by Glenna Matthews
     
 

The story of immigrant women's lives and expectations are described in this study set in San Jose, California and Santa Clara County. Originating as the author's doctoral thesis (in 1977 from Stanford U.), Matthews draws on interviews as well as archival sources to describe women's lives and work in the canneries and other parts of the fruit industry, the defense… See more details below

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The story of immigrant women's lives and expectations are described in this study set in San Jose, California and Santa Clara County. Originating as the author's doctoral thesis (in 1977 from Stanford U.), Matthews draws on interviews as well as archival sources to describe women's lives and work in the canneries and other parts of the fruit industry, the defense industry during WWII, and eventually in the high-tech industries. Prominent issues are immigration, unions, and the notion of Santa Clara County as the "Feminist Capital of the Nation" because of the high number of women elected there. Annotation c. Book News, Inc.,Portland, OR

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"This highly original work is important for the way that it examines succeeding generations of women in a single location, and draws parallels and connections from one generation and type of work to another. In addition, it is an important source of information and analysis for both the geographic region it explores and for the industries it analyzes."
—Robert W. Cherny, San Francisco State University

"Matthews has added an indispensable contribution to the growing list of books about California's Silicon Valley. Her historical analysis of the area's development provides valuable context for understanding the valley's more recent social, economic, and demographic changes. And, by casting a focus on women in local society, Matthews has added a dimension mostly ignored by other authors. This is a must read for anyone interested in the origins and recent history of Silicon Valley."
—Al Camarillo, Stanford University

"For too many working women the promise of Silicon Valley has proven to be an illusion. Despite the rhetoric of the 'new' economy, gender-based wage discrimination and other 'old' inequities still persist. By exploding the myths surrounding the high-tech industry, Glenna Matthews sends a powerful message that while some women are lucky enough to be living their 'California Dream' the vast majority struggle just to earn a living."
—Amy B. Dean, Executive Officer, South Bay AFL-CIO

"There have been other books about Silicon Valley, but none with this multihistorical focus and concentration on the work of women."—History: Reviews of New Books

"It is thoroughly researched, well written, and compelling."—Western Historical Quarterly
"Matthew's comparison and contrast of the fruit industry and high-tech worlds over the twentieth century in the Silicon Valley makes a significant contribution to history in the feminist labour and economic history traditions."—Canadian Journal of History/Annales canadiennes d'histoire

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804741545
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
11/28/2002
Edition description:
1
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

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