A brand new book profiles 40 remarkable women who contributed to the development of the state, broke barriers and opened opportunities for generations of women to follow.
In a publisher's Q&A the co-authors of Women Trailblazers of California: Pioneers to the Present say they included "many multicultural women who lived in diverse time periods and parts of the state. Some of the women are well-known while others have been overlooked or unacknowledged."
Among them are Julia Morgan, California's first licensed architect and Hearst castle designer, Josephine McCracken, writer and environmentalist who helped preserve the Redwoods, Dolores Huerta co-founder of the United Farm Workers and actress Mary Pickford who helped create United Artists Pictures.
Dr. Gloria Harris is a trained psychologist who taught women's studies at San Diego State University and chaired the San Diego County Commission on the Status of Women. Hanna Cohen is a librarian, public affairs consultant and advocate for the homeless. Both are board members of the Women's Museum of California.
Women Trailblazers of California: Pioneers to the Present
Authors: Gloria G. Harris and Hannah S. Cohen
Publisher: The History Press
$19.99 at Amazon