State Parks Sheroes
Resilient. Inspirational. Courageous. Determined. These are just some of the words I use to describe the women who’ve had a major impact in my life. These women have helped shaped who I am today – especially my dear mom, who’s probably the first person to open this email each month. (Hi, mom!)
Much like these women in my life, there are countless others who have made major contributions throughout history. Women who’ve paved the path for so many who came after them, which in turn will continue to forge new, brighter paths for future generations. By nature, this is a generational process we are all inherently part of.
California State Parks have a rich history of women pioneers who have shaped the parks we love and enjoy today. Just to name a few:
- Harriett “Petey” Weaver was the first unofficial woman state park ranger who, after 20 summers of service to the state parks, carried a deputy ranger badge upon retirement.
Paula Peterson became the first woman to officially bear the title of state park ranger that eventually became chief ranger for the Monterey District.
Patricia M. Scully, a park ranger dedicated to the preservation of the environment, was unfortunately killed on duty and today is honored with a dedicated portion of State Highway 1 in San Mateo County.
Mary Wright became the first woman to hold the title of park superintendent at California State Parks, later becoming chief deputy state parks director. She continued to help protect old-growth redwood groves after retiring from state parks.
But women in state park leadership roles are not a thing of the past – they’re making history all around us as we speak!