June 2013 Women's
History Calendar

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Harriet Adams (1875–1937)


Harriet Chalmers Adams, a Stockton native, was one of the great American explorers of her time. In 1904, she began a 2-year journey through South America visiting every country. Next, she ventured to Cuba and Haiti exploring the islands on horseback, and in 1913 she travelled throughout Asia and the South Seas. For 28 years she wrote for National Geographic; her articles combined geographical details of her destinations with vivid descriptions of the people. In 1916, she was a war correspondent on the French battlefield. She later served as the first president of the Society of Women Geographers.

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

The June calendar shines a spotlight on four remarkable women who have 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.