We are excited to announce that in recognition of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the U.S., the theme for Silicon Valley Reads 2020 will be “Women Making It Happen.”
Silicon Valley Reads 2020 will celebrate the achievements of women – from the tenacious individuals who worked so hard to get women the right to vote in the early 1900s to the women and girls in the 21st century who are breaking gender barriers to excel in all areas of life.
by Julian Guthrie
Alpha Girls: The Women Upstarts Who Took on Silicon Valley’s Male Culture and Made the Deals of a Lifetime tracks the careers and personal lives of four entrepreneurial women in the Silicon Valley venture capital community who were instrumental in the rise of such companies as Facebook, Imperva, Tesla, Trulia, Salesforce and more. The best-selling book is being adapted for a television series.
The Tenth Muse
by Catherine Chung
The Tenth Muse by Catherine Chung, a critically-acclaimed novel that focuses on a fictional trailblazer -- an exceptional female mathematician who embarks on a quest to conquer the Riemann hypothesis and discovers along the way her own mysterious family history and secrets long buried during World War II.
Children's Companion Books
The Most Magnificent Thing
by Ashley Spires
The Most Magnificent Thing, a charming picture book by Ashley Spires about a little girl who wants to build something magnificent. The book has been made into a short animated film featuring the narration of Whoopi Goldberg.
Who Says Women Can't Be Computer Programmers?
by Tanya Lee Stone
Ada Lovelace, the daughter of poet Lord Byron, lived in the 19th century and had imaginative ideas about science and mathematics. Long before the computer was invented, she envisioned its possibility and is credited as the first computer programmer.
Almost Astronauts:Almost Astronauts 13 Women Who Dared to Dream
by Tanya Lee Stone
Women were not allowed to be astronauts when America created NASA in 1958, but 13 women challenged the government and opened the potential for females to take their place in the sky, piloting jets and commanding space capsules.
Silicon Valley Reads is an annual community engagement program presented by Santa Clara County Library District, San José Public Library and Santa Clara County Office of Education. Follow Silicon Valley Reads on Facebook and Twitter and watch for more details on the website SiliconValleyReads.org.