Women of Steel and Stone
Anna M. Lewis
Chicago Review Press, 2014 (2014)
Reviewed by Bob Walch
here are some fields that appear to be female unfriendly because you never hear of the successes the women who enter them have achieved. Anna Lewis is determined to bring to the forefront the women who have made a name for themselves in architecture, engineering and landscape design.
he group of nine architects include Julia Morgan, Norma Merrick Sklarek, the first black woman made a fellow of the American Institute of Architects, and Marilyn Jordan Taylor, dean of the University of Pennsylvania School of Design.
he seven engineers discussed range from Emily Warren Roebling, who assumed her husband's duties when he became ill, and saw the completion of the Brooklyn Bridge project, to Ruth Gordon Schnapp, the first woman licensed structural engineer in California.
f the six women with extended biographies in the landscape architect section, two standouts are Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, who designed the landscapes of many high-profile buildings in both Canada and the United States, and Martha Schwartz, whose innovative design projects span 20 countries and four continents.
n addition to the featured women, there is additional information about other women who worked in each of these three areas plus a listing of the top American undergraduate and graduate programs in each field.
art of the
Women of Action
series, this book is designed for readers in their early teens but any individual interested in women's accomplishments in these fields will find this an entertaining read.
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