September 2013 Women's
Mariana Bertola (1868–1955)
Obstetrician Mariana Bertola was born in Contra Costa County and earned her medical degree from Cooper Medical College, which is now Stanford University School of Medicine. She spent seven years as principal of Martinez schools before working as a physician at Mills College, a position she held for 15 years. An active social reformer, Bertola headed the state Federation of Women's Clubs and led its campaign to place maternity and children's wards in every county hospital. As founder of the Vittoria Colonna Club for Italian Women, she established a settlement house in San Francisco to help newly arrived immigrants.
A passion for discovery: California women trailblazers
in science, technology, engineering and math
The September 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 from the State Library's extensive collection of photos, prints, rare books and ephemera documenting the state's rich history.