Series Scope and Content Summary
The South Bay Second Wave Feminist Oral History Project, 2006-2010 (bulk 2006), consists of thirteen digital recordings and
complete transcriptions documenting the experiences of women in politics in San Jose and Santa Clara County. The interviewees
include: Blanca Alvarado, Joan Goddard, Susan Hammer, Janet Gray Hayes, Linda J. LeZotte, Dianne McKenna, Madison Nguyen,
Sally Reed, Lu Ryden, Leona Egeland Siadek, Lee Sturtevant, Susanne Wilson, and Zoe Lofgren. The collection also includes
documentation on the development of the project, research files, oral release forms and other supporting documentation
required by the Human Subjects-Institutional Review Board at SJSU. All of the interviews took place at the homes or offices
of the interviewees, and the interviews of Susanne Wilson took place over the course of the Summer of 2006. Of those
interviewed, Blanco Alvarado, Susan Hammer, Janet Gray Hayes, Linda J. LeZotte, Dianne McKenna, Maidson Nguygen, Lu Ryden,
Susanne Wilson, and Zoe Lofgren were elected officials in local government, and Lofgren is currently a member of Congress.
Leona Egeland Siadek was elected to the California State Assembly, serving between 1974-1980, and Sally Reed served as the
Assistant City Manger of San Jose and went on to become the Santa Clara County Board Executive. Joan Goddard was a labor
activist and librarian, while Lee Sturtevant, a labor activist, worked behind the scenes in the local democratic party in
This series is arranged alphabetically by interviewee last name.
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