This is a report by the National Science Foundation, STEM Talent Expansion Program Project. It offers a “comprehensive look into how engineering department culture and climate impacts the successful retention of female and minority college students.”
In presenting their stories, the author thorough research in patent archives and her use of period magazine, journals, lectures, records from major fairs and expositions, and interviews, have made the book an overall history of the women's movement in America.
Throughout the 19th century, women inventors developed significant technologies, yet, because of complex cultural barriers and the pervasive image of the inventor as male, their technological contributions have until now been ignored and undervalued. This study, the first to focus exclusively on 19th-century women, explores the fascinating relationship between women and technology.
This book exposes the untold stories of the phenomenal women who made New York City the cultural epicenter of the world. Many were revolutionaries and activists, like Zora Neale Hurston and Audre Lorde. Others were icons and iconoclasts, like Fran Lebowitz and Grace Jones. There were also women who led quieter private lives but were just as influential, such as Emily Warren Roebling, who completed the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge when her engineer husband became too ill to work.