May 2013 Women's
History Calendar

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Dorothy Baruch (1867–1950)

Psychologist

Born and raised in California, Dr. Dorothy Walter Baruch was a psychologist and an authority on early childhood education. In 1937, she received the first Ph.D. granted by Claremont Graduate University. She advocated that children be encouraged to express their feelings through dramatic play, journal writing and art, ideas that are now considered mainstream. Baruch wrote parenting books on topics such as play therapy and sex education and over 20 works of fiction for children. She did experimental work in children's language and advocated for public funding of nursery schools for children whose mothers worked in wartime factories.

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

The May Women's History online calendar shines a spotlight on five remarkable women who 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.