Women of Steel and Stone: 22 Inspirational Architects, Engineers, and Landscape Designers [NOOK Book]

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Reporting on a range of historical and contemporary female builders and designers, this educational book strives to inspire a new generation of girls in the disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and math. With many of the profiles set against the backdrop of such landmark events as the women’s suffrage and civil rights movements and the Industrial Revolution, and with original interviews from a number of current architects and engineers, this book provides inspiration and advice directly to young women...

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

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Overview

Reporting on a range of historical and contemporary female builders and designers, this educational book strives to inspire a new generation of girls in the disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and math. With many of the profiles set against the backdrop of such landmark events as the women’s suffrage and civil rights movements and the Industrial Revolution, and with original interviews from a number of current architects and engineers, this book provides inspiration and advice directly to young women by highlighting positive examples of how a strong work ethic, perseverance, and creativity can overcome life’s obstacles. Each profile focuses on the strengths, passions, and interests each woman had growing up; where those traits took them; and what they achieved. Sidebars on related topics, source notes, and a bibliography make this an invaluable resource for further study.

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Editorial Reviews

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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: 9781613745113
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/2014
  • Series: Women of Action Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 737,768
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • File size: 3 MB

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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