April 2013 Women's
History Calendar

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Louise Boyd (1887–1972)

Geographer, Arctic Explorer

A California native, Louise Arner Boyd was an heiress and socialite who became a great Arctic explorer. Shortly after her father's death in 1920, she took a cruise along the coast of Norway and beyond. This trip sparked her interest in the Arctic, and she soon chartered a ship for her own expedition. During the 1930s, she led several expeditions, many of which were sponsored by the American Geographical Society. Her photographs and writings about Greenland were essential to the U.S. State Department during World War II.

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

The April Women's History online calendar shines a spotlight on four remarkable 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.