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Event Information

Date & Time
February 23, 2012 -
4:15pm to 5:45pm
The Clayman Institute
589 Capistrano Way
Stanford , CA
California US


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Unearthing Feminist Activism from the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake


In her new book, Saving San Francisco: Relief and Recovery after the 1906 Disaster, Stanford historian Andrea Rees Davies illuminates the paradox of working-class women’s activism in 1906 San Francisco. Davies uses the story of activist Mary Kelly -- and other refugee women -- to examine the role women played in organizing disaster relief. Her talk will offer insights into how gender, class, and race norms are reproduced during the social chaos created by a disaster.  This event is part of the series of winter quarter events organized as part of Ms. @ 40 and the Future of Feminism.



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    • Associate Director, 2012-2015
    • Clayman Institute Graduate Dissertation Fellow, 2004-2005
    Andrea Davies was the Associate Director at Stanford’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research.  Andrea is currently working on solutions to creating opportunities for women’s leadership and creating sustainable gender equality.  She has published research projects on technical women in Silicon Valley high-tech companies, Venture Capitalist perceptions of women entrepreneurs, the history of the “ideal worker” myth, and...