Women Trailblazers of California: Pioneers to the Present

Women Trailblazers of California: Pioneers to the Present

by Gloria G. Harris, Hannah S. Cohen

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ISBN-13: 9781609496753
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 08/07/2012
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 1,315,798
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author


Dr. Gloria Harris began her career as a psychologist in the early 1970s after receiving her doctorate from the University of Washington. She has been a lecturer at San Diego State University, department of women's studies, and was inducted into the San Diego Women's Hall of Fame in 2010. She is a board member of the Women's Museum of California. Hannah Cohen has a Master's of Science degree in Library and Information Sciences and an Advanced Diploma in Educational Administration. She was a public affairs consultant for several non-profit organizations developing strategies, writing grant proposals, and advocating for policy development for the homeless.
She is currently a board member of the Women's Museum of California, a member of their Speaker's Bureau, and chairperson of the museum's Fund Development Committee.

Table of Contents

Preface 9

Part I Women of Early California

1 Pioneers 13

Nancy Kelsey: First Woman to Travel Overland to California 15

Luzena Wilson: Pioneering Entrepreneur 17

Mary Ellen Pleasant: Black Civil Rights Crusader 20

Charlotte "Charley" Parkhurst: Stagecoach Driver 23

2 Settlers 26

Louise Amelia Knapp Smith Clappe: Documented Life in Gold-Mining Camps 28

Bridget "Biddy" Mason: From Slave to Humanitarian 30

Toby "Winema" Riddle: Native American Peace Negotiator 33

Elizabeth "Lillie" Hitchcock Coit: San Francisco's Volunteer Firefighter 36

Part II Women Who Contributed to Social and Political Change

3 Suffragists 43

Laura de Force Gordon: Lady of the Podium 45

Ellen Clark Sargent: Beloved Suffragist and Gracious Rebel 49

Maud Younger: Millionaire Waitress and Labor Reformer 52

Clara Shortridge Foltz: Portia of the Pacific 55

4 Reformers and Activists 60

Donaldina Cameron: Angry Angel of Chinatown 61

Katherine Philips Edson: Pioneer in Social and Labor Reform 65

Rose Pesotta: Trade Union Organizer 68

Dolores Huerta: Co-founder of United Farm Workers of America 71

5 Environmentalists and Conservationists 75

Josephine Clifford McCrackin: Savior of the Redwoods 77

Minerva Hamilton Hoyt: Apostle of the Cacti 80

Lupe Anguiano: A Quiet Rebel 84

Alice Waters: Mother of the Slow Food Movement 87

Part III Women Who Contributed to the World of Work

6 Doctors and Dentists 93

Lucy Maria Field Wanzer: First Woman Graduate of a California Medical School 95

June Hill Roberston McCarroll: Credited for Drawing Lines for Safe Highways 97

Nellie E. Pooler Chapman: First Woman Dentist in California 101

Margaret "Mom" Chung: First Chinese American Physician in California 104

7 Lawyers 108

Annette Abbott Adams: First Woman Assistant Attorney General 110

Georgia Bullock: First Woman California Superior Court Judge 112

Gladys Towles Root: Famous Criminal Defense Lawyer 115

Rose Elizabeth Bird: First Woman Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court 118

8 Educators 122

Olive Mann Isbell: California's First Teacher 124

Susan Mills: Established First Women's College in California 126

Katherine Siva Saubel: Native American Scholar 129

Marilyn J. Boxer: Founding Mother of Women's Studies 133

9 Architects 136

Julia Morgan: First Woman Architect 13 7

Lilian Jeanette Rice: Regional Architecture Pioneer 141

Florence Yoch: Landscaper of American Dreams 145

Norma Merrick Sklarek: Rosa Parks of Architecture 147

10 Entertainers 151

Lotta Crabtree: First American Superstar 153

Madame Sul-Te-Wan: Pioneer Black Actress 156

Dorothy Arzner: Noted Film Director During Hollywood Golden Age 160

Mary Pickford: America's Sweetheart 163

Bibliography 167

Index 187

About the Authors 191

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