May 2013 Women's
History Calendar

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Louisa Burns (1870–1958)


A native of Indiana, Louisa Burns was a school teacher when her career was cut short by a bout of spinal meningitis. Osteopathic treatment reversed the effects of the disease and encouraged her to pursue a career in osteopathy. After receiving her D.O. from the Pacific College of Osteopathy in 1903 at age 35, she went on to head the A.T. Still Osteopathic Institute, later part of the American Osteopathic Association. A leader for 50 years in the field, she headed her own research laboratory in Los Angeles and wrote five books and many articles on the subject.

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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.