"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 UniversityMatthews, Glenna is the author of 'Silicon Valley, Women, and the California Dream Gender, Class, and Opportunity in the Twentieth Century', published 2002 under ISBN 9780804747967 and ISBN 0804747962.