People have been making cheese for over 5,000 years. Cheese has many advantages over milk. It is easy to travel with, takes up less space, and lasts longer. In America, cheese making was a skill that was passed from mother to daughter. Clarissa Steel is known as the mother of the California cheese industry, and she explains how selling cheese gave women an independent source of income and helped them educate their daughters. She also reveals the major role women played in the industry's development.