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

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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3 Comments

  1. Well designed and constructed, just like its subject! Anna Lewis’s book is a solidly researched, informative and well organized resource covering the history (from the very early days to more contemporary stories) of women entering the fields of architecture and engineering. Including photos (of the women profiled along with examples of their work), as well as citing additional suggested sources for further reading on each subject, the chapters strike a perfect balance of not feeling daunting or overwhelming, while simultaneously being substantial…

  2. Inspiring, Motivating and Fascinating Read – One of the Best Non-Fiction Titles for Kids Women of Steel and Stone is one of the best non-fiction books for kids I’ve ever read. One bonus of Chicago Review Press non-fiction titles is that they are so interesting, they appeal to parents too. This book delves into the lives of 22 women who have left their marks on the world of architecture, engineering and landscape design – all fields that have been historically male dominated. Each woman’s story is incredibly compelling and fascinating. My personal favorite is the story…

  3. A good overview of women in early beginning og entry into STEM fields good separation of the STEM careers into 5or6 classes and @5 very interesting careers noted in detail. Some are are pre WWII and some much more current.

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