Women have been involved in the School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences from the early days of the university. In the beginning a few intrepid women navigated their way through an environment not designed for them. They were not allowed in the field with the men and were sometimes treated poorly as they competed for lucrative jobs with their male counterparts. Over the years, these women pioneers became part of the faculty, department chairs, and finally the Dean. The population of women in the School has grown to where they are now 61% of the undergraduate population and 42% of the graduate students.
As part of the 100 days to 100 years: Branner Earth Sciences Library Celebration, we celebrate these pioneering women who were trailblazers, who literally and figuratively broke new ground in the field. You may see items related to each of these women on display in the Branner Library exhibit case on the 2nd floor of the Mitchell Earth Sciences Building.
- Lou Henry Hoover (B.A. Geology, 1898): the first woman to major in geology at Stanford.
- Mary Balch Kennedy (B.A. Geology, 1929): an early student in the geology program.
- Dr. A. Myra Keen (B.A., Ph.D. Psychology, 1934): the first woman faculty member and a professor of paleontology.
- Dr. Gail Mahood (A.B., M.A., Ph.D. Geology, 1980): the first woman to be named department chair in the School.
- Dr. Elizabeth Miller (B.A., M.A., Ph.D. Geology and Geophysics, 1977): the first woman run the Stanford Geological Survey.
- Dr. Pamela Matson (B.S., M.S., Ph.D. Forest Ecology, 1983): the first woman to be named Dean of the School.