November 2013 Women's
History Calendar

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Mary Ellen Hofmann (1843–1919)


Mary Ellen Hofmann was born in Philadelphia and moved to California in 1876, joining her brother in San Francisco as a seamstress. She later attended Hahnemann Medical College of the Pacific, the first homeopathic medical school in California, which later merged with the University of California Medical School. Hofmann received her M.D. in homeopathic medicine in 1896 and set up a private practice in San Francisco. In 1906, she moved to Los Angeles and continued to treat patients until her death in 1919.

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

The November calendar shines a spotlight on four 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.