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Overview


“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
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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804747967
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press
  • Publication date: 11/20/2002
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


Glenna Matthews is a Visiting Scholar at the Institute of Urban and Regional Development, University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of Just a Housewife:The Rise and Fall of Domesticity in America (Oxford, 1987) and The Rise of Public Woman: Woman's Power and Woman's Place, 1630-1970 (Oxford, 1992). The author of five books in all and numerous articles, Matthews has also curated an exhibit on the history of San Francisco for the San Francisco Public Library, and served as the principal consultant for an award-winning documentary about the historian Angie Debo.
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Table of Contents

List of Tables and Maps
List of Photographs
Preface
Introduction 1
1 The Fruited Valley 13
2 The Fruit Industry Workforce at High Tide: A Wave of Militancy Hits the Valley 48
3 War and Cold War Shape the Valley: The Birth of a Metropolis and the Death of Union Democracy 81
4 Toward Silicon Valley 112
5 New Immigrants and Silicon Valley: Struggles, Successes, and Transformations 147
6 The Valley as "Feminist Capital of the Nation" 183
7 The Global Economy on the Home Front: A Tale of Two Valleys 226
Afterword 256
Notes 259
Index 299
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