Emily Warren Roebling: The first woman field engineer

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When Washington Roebling, the chief Engineer of the Brooklyn Bridge, fell ill in 1872, his wife Emily Warren Roebling took over his duties. For 11 years she relayed messages, oversaw the day-to-day activities, and gained extensive knowledge of engineering. When the bridge opened #OnThisDay in 1883, Emily Roebling rode across it with President Chester Arthur. It was said that the bridge was “an everlasting monument to the self-sacrificing devotion of a woman and of her capacity for that higher education from which she has been too long disbarred.”

 

 

(via the National Women’s History Museum)

  • Don Sayenga

    Jason
    Your art is superb. In the entry Emily Warren Roebling you need to tweek out “took over his duties” . She was a spectacular lady who took over as a courier but she never did any engineering and she never was rejected, ….so maybe she is outside your boundaries.
    When Washington Roebling, the chief Engineer of the Brooklyn Bridge, fell ill in 1872, his wife Emily Warren Roebling took over his duties.

  • Thanks! It was a quote from another source, so I can’t really tweak it.