October 2013 Women's
History Calendar

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Helen Doyle (1873–1957)

Physician, Surgeon

A Pennsylvania native, Dr. Helen MacKnight Doyle moved to Bishop in 1887. She later attended UC Berkeley at age 17 and received her medical degree in 1894 at age 20. Too young to get her medical license, she interned at Children's Hospital in San Francisco where she treated children with tuberculosis. At 21, she returned to Bishop with her license in hand and opened her own practice. Of her days of being the only woman doctor in town, she wrote in her autobiography, A Child Went Forth, "Patients came to me ... curious to see what the new woman doctor might do for them."

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A passion for discovery: California women trailblazers
in science, technology, engineering and math

The October calendar shines a spotlight on five remarkable women who have achieved success in STEM fields – science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The calendar is produced by the California State Library, California Research Bureau, California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls and the California Department of Education. Photo and biographical material are from the State Library's extensive collection of photos, prints, rare books and ephemera documenting the state's rich history.