March 2013 Women's History Calendar

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Lester Rowntree (1879–1979)

Field Botanist, Horticulturalist

Lester Rowntree was known to trek through the Sierra for months on end with just a mule to carry her photographic equipment. Born in England, she developed her love of wildflowers and plants at an early age. After moving to California and raising a family, at age 52 she began her studies of California flora in earnest. She pioneered the practice of incorporating native plants into the garden and wrote over 100 articles and 2 books on the subject, including Hardy Californians (1936) and Flowering Shrubs of California (1939) as well as children's books featuring natural history themes.

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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 California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls. Images and biographical material are from the State Library's extensive collection of photos, prints, rare books and ephemera documenting the state's rich history.