Silicon Valley Reads Celebrates Women With 2020 Book Selections

By Sal Pizarro
Mercury News

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr)  Two books which feature stories about women succeeding in fields traditionally dominated by men were selected by “Silicon Valley Reads” to help build an ongoing conversation about gender equity and inclusion.

Mercury News

Silicon Valley Reads will do its part next year to recognize the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the United States with a theme and book selections that celebrate the achievements of women.

The two books that will drive months of programs are “The Tenth Muse,” a novel by Catherine Chung, and “Alpha Girls: The Women Upstarts Who Took on Silicon Valley’s Male Culture and Made the Deals of a Lifetime,” a nonfiction book by Julian Guthrie.

They may sound very different, but they’re both stories about women succeeding in fields traditionally dominated by men.

“Each of us has experienced the power of collective action — the opportunity to join like-minded individuals to accomplish a common goal,” said Santa Clara County Superintendent of Schools Mary Ann Dewan, who co-chairs the program with Santa Clara County Librarian Nancy Howe and San Jose Library Director Jill Bourne. “The featured books will help us build on a community conversation about the strength and courage necessary to fight for equity, diversity and inclusivity, and inspire our youth to do the same.”

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