Women of Steel and Stone: 22 Inspirational Architects, Engineers, and Landscape Designers

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An inspiration for young people who love to design, build, and work with their hands, Women of Steel and Stone tells the stories of 22 female architects, engineers, and landscape designers from the 1800s to today. Engaging profiles based on historical research and firsthand interviews stress how childhood passions, perseverance, and creativity led these women to overcome challenges and break barriers to achieve great success in their professions. Subjects include Marion Mahony Griffin, who worked alongside Frank ...

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Overview

An inspiration for young people who love to design, build, and work with their hands, Women of Steel and Stone tells the stories of 22 female architects, engineers, and landscape designers from the 1800s to today. Engaging profiles based on historical research and firsthand interviews stress how childhood passions, perseverance, and creativity led these women to overcome challenges and break barriers to achieve great success in their professions. Subjects include Marion Mahony Griffin, who worked alongside Frank Lloyd Wright to establish his distinct architectural-drawing style; Emily Warren Roebling, who, after her husband fell ill, took over the duties of chief engineer on the Brooklyn Bridge project; Marian Cruger Coffin, a landscape architect who designed estates of Gilded Age mansions; Beverly L. Greene, the first African American woman in the country to get her architecture license; Zaha Hadid, one of today’s best-known architects and the first woman to receive the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize; and many others. Practical information such as lists of top schools in each field; descriptions of specific areas of study and required degrees; and lists of programs for kids and teens, places to visit, and professional organizations, make this an invaluable resource for students, parents, and teachers alike.

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“A truly inspirational read, this is the kind of book that will motivate young readers to learn more about a field they may not have thought about much before.” —VOYA

“Its large font and abridged biographies make it perfect for teenagers or adults looking for a quick—but meaningful—read.” —GeekMom.com

“A much-needed, clearly presented history.” —School Library Journal 

"Inspiring." —Booklist

VOYA, February 2014 (Vol. 36, No. 6) - Julia Bowersox
The women discussed in this book are the unsung heroines of the largely male architecture and engineering workforce. This work provides a great set of role models for young girls, such as Jennie Louise Blanchard Bethune (Lulu), who was the founding lady in architecture in America, as well as behind-the-scenes women, such as Emily Warren Roebling, who took on the role as chief engineer in completing building the Brooklyn Bridge when her engineer husband fell ill. This book is easy to read. Its inclusion of modern-day facts with history puts things in perspective for the reader. It ranges from the first women in architecture in the late 1800s to the first architect Barbie toy reaching the shelves in 2011. A truly inspirational read, this is the kind of book that will motivate young readers to learn more about a field they may not have thought about much before. While not a lot information is provided in each biography, it may leave the readers wanting to know more about these glass-ceiling-breaking women. Given that the book covers people that readers have probably never heard of before, they will be happy to read this introductory gem. This could be a research or pleasure read for teens as well as adults. This book is highly recommended for school and public libraries. Reviewer: Julia Bowersox; Ages 11 to 18.
School Library Journal
01/01/2014
Gr 6–8—These brief portraits provide basic information about the women's backgrounds and their successes. There are many shared features in their stories. Each individual had a passionate interest in building and designing that emerged at an early age, when she was willing to do things most ordinary girls didn't do. They all had strong family support to pursue their interests, but faced resistance in the workplace. Each woman had a firm belief that she could succeed on her own merits and a willingness to work hard to pursue her goals. While these shared features are briefly mentioned in the introduction, and readers can be challenged to find the many parallels among the stories, Lewis does not discuss the impact of race, poverty, and gender on the women's careers. Instead, there is an emphasis on "firsts"-for example, the first woman architect in America (Louise Bethune), the first woman to speak to the American Society of Civil Engineers (Emily Warren Roebling), and the first African American woman architect to be licensed in New York State (Norma Merrick Sklarek). Despite this focus on specifics, readers who are interested in pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, and math will find a much-needed, clearly presented history of women in these fields.—Myra Zarnowski, City University of New York
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781613745083
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/2014
  • Series: Women of Action Series
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 446,700
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 1190L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Anna M. Lewis is an award-winning toy inventor and creativity advocate. She is the author of City Doodles: Chicago and has contributed to Appleseeds, Odyssey, and Toy Design Monthly. She teaches classes on cartooning, game design, arts and crafts, monster making, and painting through her company, Ideasplash.

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  • Posted October 24, 2014

    A great read for young women, or for those who influence young w

    A great read for young women, or for those who influence young women, to inspire reaching into fields typically dominated by men.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2015

    Loads of research went into this book about 22 amazing women arc

    Loads of research went into this book about 22 amazing women architects and engineers. How can we get more girls interested in these "non-traditional" careers? Get this book into their hands. Show them what successful women have done to be included in this outstanding group.

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