March 2013 Women's History Calendar

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Idah Meacham Strobridge (1855–1932)


Born in California, Idah Meacham Strobridge was educated at Mills College. After the deaths of her family, she pursued livelihoods unlikely for a woman of her time – rancher and overseer of her own gold mine in the Nevada desert. Her experiences led her to careers in writing and bookbinding. She developed mechanical knowledge of bookbinding techniques and taught herself to use the tools of the profession such as presses and trimmers. She moved her company, Artemisia Bindery, to Los Angeles in 1901. Peers praised her work as uncommonly well done and durable. She even received the highest bookbinding award from the California State Fair.

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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.