As Women's History Month comes to an end, March 31, here is a reminder of how women have been shaping Yosemite National Park since the 1800s- from writers to waitress to rangers.
Rumored to have made eyes with John Muir during her 1870 summer stay, Therese Yelverton wrote a novel, "Zanita: A Tale of the Yo-Semite," inspiring women of her day to visit the national park.
After Yelverton's husband married another woman (without a divorce) and stole her family inheritance, Yelverton traveled the world writing novels and poems to stay afloat, landing her across the table from Muir and in the cathedral of Yosemite Valley.
One of the most iconic photos taken in Yosemite is of Kitty Tatch and Katherine Hazelston, waitresses at Yosemite National Park’s Sentinel Hotel.
In 1900, at Overhanging Rock at Glacier Point, 3,000 feet above the valley floor, the pair kicked up their skirts for photographer George Fiske, inspiring generations of fearless women climbers to conquer the granite faces of Yosemite.
Enid Michael was not Yosemite's first female ranger, that was Claire Marie Hodge, but in 1921 Michael was the first female to wear a range of prominent titles- ranger,naturalist, botanist, writer, and gardener.
After 20 years of service, she amassed a collection of 1,000 mounted plant specimens, recorded 130 bird species and created a wildflower garden behind the Yosemite Museum. To this day she is the author of the largest body of work about Yosemite with a total of 537 articles.