June 2013 Women's
History Calendar

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Hattie Peterson (1913–1993)

Civil Engineer

Born in Virginia, Hattie Scott Peterson was the first woman to earn a Civil Engineering degree from Howard University in 1946. Moving to Sacramento in 1947, she worked for the U.S. Geological Survey and in 1954 became the first woman engineer with the local Army Corps of Engineers (ACE). Possibly the only African American woman civil engineer in the U.S. at the time, she was listed in "Who's Who in Colored America" in 1950. A trailblazer, Peterson vigorously supported women seeking careers in engineering. Sacramento ACE created The Hattie Peterson Inspirational Award given annually to an employee who exemplifies Peterson's integrity and professional qualities.

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

The June 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 and biographical material are courtesy of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District.