August 2013 Women's
Debra Taylor (1952–)
An Alabama native, Dr. Debra Williams Taylor completed her D.V.M. from Tuskegee University before receiving an advanced degree in veterinary medicine and a Ph.D. in comparative pathology from UC Davis. Her rich and varied career led her to work in West Africa with health programs controlling parasites that cause river blindness. She also worked with Navajo weavers in Arizona to improve sheep management practices. Taylor is one of few African American women to work in the field of toxicology and is currently Staff Toxicologist with CalEPA's Department of Toxic Substances Control. In her spare time she enjoys spinning wool.
A passion for discovery: California women trailblazers
in science, technology, engineering and math
The August 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 Debra Taylor.