Annual Colloquium - 2002
Hardware, Software, Wetware, and Women
A Colloquium on Women and Technology
Karen J. Hossfeld
San Francisco State University
Karen J. Hossfeld (sociologist/ethnographer, feminist theorist) is an Associate Professor of Sociology at San Francisco State University. She has written extensively on the subject of minority women in immigration and labor (with particular attention to the status of women and other minorities in Silicon Valley high tech industries) and of feminist theory. Her works include the book-length studies Small, Foreign, and Female (forthcoming) and Sex, Race, and Class Contradictions in Silicon Valley. She has contributed to numerous anthologies and collections of essays, including: Technicolor: Race, Technology, and Everyday Life; Through the Prism of Difference: Readings in Sex and Gender; Working in America: Conflict, Continuity, and Change; and Feminist Frameworks: Alternative Theoretical Accounts of the Relations between Women and Men.
In "The 'Low Side' of 'High Tech': Gender, Race, and Class Inequality in Silicon Valley", Hossfeld will provide an overview of the gender, race and class stratification that both the global high-tech industry in general, and Silicon Valley in particular, have helped to create. Her ethnographic findings will be reported in her forthcoming book, Small, Foreign and Female: Immigrant Women Workers in Silicon Valley, which is a longitudinal study that focuses on the lives, labors, and struggles of the predominantly Asian and Latina women who do the bulk of the microelectronics manufacturing work in Silicon Valley.