March 2013 Women's History Calendar

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Margaret "Maggie" Gee (1923–2013)

Pilot, Physicist

Maggie Gee grew up in Berkeley dreaming of being a pilot like Amelia Earhart. At 18, she learned to fly and then served as a Women's Air Force Service Pilot (WASP) during World War II towing targets for anti-aircraft gunnery practice and flying training planes. She was one of only two Chinese American WASPs. After the war, she earned degrees in physics and math at UC Berkeley and worked for 30 years as a research physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. In 2009, she was awarded a Congressional Gold Medal for her wartime service to the country.

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

In celebration of National Women's History Month, this online calendar highlights remarkable yet little known women from California history who achieved success in STEM fields – science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The calendar is produced by the California State Library, California Research Bureau and Commission on the Status of Women and Girls. In collaboration with the California Department of Veterans Affairs, we honor a veteran during "Women Veterans Make History" week. Image courtesy of Maggie Gee's family. Biographical material is from the State Library's extensive collection of photos, prints, rare books and ephemera documenting the state's rich history.