April 2013 Women's
History Calendar

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Charlotte Gilman (1860–1935)

Economist, Sociologist

Charlotte Perkins Stetson Gilman moved to California from Connecticut in 1895. She was an economist and sociologist who argued that the economic structure of the conventional family oppressed women. She was also a prolific writer of poetry and fiction and is best known for her short story, "The Yellow Wallpaper." For a time, Gilman edited and published her own monthly magazine titled The Forerunner. She was a first-wave feminist who advocated for women's suffrage.

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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.