July 2013 Women's
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Margaret Conkey (1943–)


A leader in archaeology, Dr. Margaret "Meg" Conkey's research in French Pyrénées caves focuses on interpreting archeological images and artifacts from a feminist perspective. She has said, "There has been a long and heavy bias toward seeing the whole human past in terms of male action. ... [W]e can't explain 20,000 years of material by saying it was all magic for the hunt." A professor emerita at UC Berkeley, Conkey has also taught at CSU San Jose. In addition to her many other accolades and awards, she was named Class of 1960 Professor of Anthropology, a rare endowed chair. In 2002, Discover magazine named her one of the 50 most important women in science.

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

The July 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 courtesy of UC Berkeley Public Affairs.