Emily Roebling (Sep 23, 1843 – Feb 28, 1903), engineer
The Brooklyn Bridge is one of the most iconic engineering projects in America’s history. Washington Roebling was its Chief Engineer, but when he became seriously ill in 1872, his wife Emily stepped in. She had been taking notes of what needed to be completed before he passed, and when he died, she began overseeing the day-today supervision and management of the project. According to ASCE, she
learned about strength of materials, stress analysis, cable construction, and calculation of catenary curves. Every day, she went onsite to relay her husband’s instructions to workers and to answer questions. She kept records and was said to have represented her husband at social events. She was Chief Engineer in all but name, and the bridge — completed in 1883 — bears a plaque honoring Emily and her husband.
Brooklyn Bridge under construction, ca. 1873-1880. Source: Library of Congress
She is known for her contribution to the completion of the Brooklyn Bridge.
Professional Women Suffrage Parade, 1913. Source: New-York Historical Society Library
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