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HE sixth day of last March Institute of Technology has just been witnessed a notable and given a position at the Cramp shipyards." significant event in the These paragraphs have recently appeared technical progress of in the newspapers over the name of that women in America. On able chronicler of woman's doings, Ida

that day, Miss Nora Stan- Husted Harper. And Henry S. Pritchett, ton Blatch was elected to membership in whose great work as president of the the American Society of Civil Engineers. Massachusetts Institute of Technology At the time of her election, Miss Blatch has given him the right to speak with auwas doing engineering work for the thority, does not yield to Ida Husted American Bridge Company. To-day she Harper in his enthusiasm for the possihas gone a step farther. She is an official bilities which are open to the woman with of the Board of Water Supply of New technical training. Among other proofs York. The analysis of drinking water of his confidence in the technical woman, has long been her technical specialty. Mr. Pritchett tells the following little

The admission of Miss Blatch to the story. A few years ago the head of a American Society of Civil Engineers, is a manufacturing company wrote to the triumph for the sex; but after all it is head of the chemistry department in one merely the outward and formal recogni- of the largest American technical schools tion of the quiet, unobserved advance and said that he would like to offer a powhich women have been making for sition to “the best man in the graduating many years in the technical departments class." The professor of chemistry reof the world's work.

plied: “The best man is a woman.” The "The University of Colorado has just manufacturer wrote back: “Send her graduated its first woman engineer." "A along." young woman who has been studying Simmons College in Boston is perhaps naval architecture at the Massachusetts the most spectacular concrete recognition Copyright, 1906, by The Technical World Company

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COUNTESS OF WARWICK, WITH HER GRANDSON. The Countess is a leader of English society, a powerful political factor in the cause of Socialism, and a

patron of agriculture,

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HE sixth day of last March Institute of Technology has just been

witnessed a notable and given a position at the Cramp shipyards." significant event in the These paragraphs have recently appeared technical progress of in the newspapers over the name of that

women in America. On able chronicler of woman's doings, Ida

3 that day, Miss Nora Stan- Husted Harper. And Henry S. Pritchett, ton Blatch was elected to membership in whose great work as president of the the American Society of Civil Engineers. Massachusetts Institute of Technology At the time of her election, Miss Blatch has given him the right to speak with auwas doing engineering work for the thority, does not yield to Ida Husted American Bridge Company. To-day she Harper in his enthusiasm for the possihas gone a step farther. She is an official bilities which are open to the woman with of the Board of Water Supply of New technical training. Among other proofs York. The analysis of drinking water of his confidence in the technical woman, has long been her technical specialty. Mr. Pritchett tells the following little

The admission of Miss Blatch to the story. A few years ago the head of a American Society of Civil Engineers, is a manufacturing company wrote to the triumph for the sex; but after all it is head of the chemistry department in one merely the outward and formal recogni- of the largest American technical schools tion of the quiet, unobserved advance and said that he would like to offer a powhich women have been making for sition to “the best man in the graduating many years in the technical departments class.” The professor of chemistry reof the world's work.

plied: “The best man is a woman.” The “The University of Colorado has just manufacturer wrote back: “Send her · graduated its first woman engineer." "A along." young woman who has been studying Simmons College in Boston is perhaps naval architecture at the Massachusetts the most spectacular concrete recognition

Copyright, 1906, by The Technical World Company

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Miss Alice Law. of Chicago.

of the fact that there is a technical side, admiration of her fellow-engineers as "a even to the household duties which have slide-rule phenomenon," because of her long been classed together under the unusual rapidity in making the intricate phrase "woman's sphere." This college mathematical calculations for the conis devoted entirely to the idea of provid- struction of the metal monsters whici

provide the driving power for the gigantic machinery of modern factories.

Among other cases of woman engineers may be mentioned that of Miss Alice Law, of Chicago. Miss Law's struggle toward her ambition ought to prove stimulating to other ambitious young women. She was teaching school out in the Northwest, and had to begin her technical education by studying the catalogues of the big firms that manufacture machines. Then she went to a school of mines. After that she took

engineering work at Purdue University. Has INVADED THE ENGINEERING WORLD.

Leaving Purdue for real work in Chicago, she was employed for some time

in an engineer's office. To-day she is on ing a technical training for women in the staff of an engineering journal. sanitation, in ventilation, in the chemistry The American Institute of Mining of cooking, in biology, in the cost of Engineers has gone farther than the proper food, in the preparation of proper American Society of Civil Engineers. Inclothing, in the construction of hygienic stead of having one woman in its memhouses, and in the art and science of healthy living. It is characteristic of the present age that there should be an institution of learning dedicated to the proposition that a woman who manages a home needs a few qualifications in addition to a good complexion.

But, besides the technique of housekeeping, which in itself is immensely important, there is the big, outside world of technical endeavor, of engineering, of invention, of architecture, of electricity, of agriculture. In this world the pioneers of the secluded sex have already staked out their claims.

In Pittsburg, in the workshops of the Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing

Built Up FIRE-INSURANCE BUSINESS IN SOUTHWEST.

Miss Olive M. Percival, of Los Angeles, Cal. Company, there is a woman who every day does engineering work of a high order, making the designs for direct-cur- bership, it has two. They are Elleu H. rent electric motors and generators. Richards, of Boston, and Lena A. This woman began her work as Stoiber, of Silverton, Colorado. Miss Lamme. She is now married Ellen H. Richards is known all over to a fellow-engineer, Mr. R. S. Feicht. the United States, not only for the work Mr. Feicht designs induction motors. that has made her a member of the His work, therefore, exactly paral- American Institute of Mining Engineers, lels that done by Miss Lamme on but even more particularly for her condirect-current motors, and their union stant and successful attempts to apply the was technically as well as sentimentally principles of laboratory science to the appropriate. Viss Lamme early won the every-day, practical affairs of the home.

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MANAGES A TELEPHONE COMPANY. Mrs. Anney M. Brett, of El Paso, Texas, President and General Manager of the Southern Independent

Telephone Company.

She is an instructor in sanitary chemistry in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She writes learned theses on the “Potable Waters of Mexico." But she is most widely and favorably known as the author of practical books on “The Chemistry of Cooking and Cleaning," "Food Materials,” “The Cost of Living,” etc., in which the results of her experiments of many years' duration are put into popular form for general use. That Mrs. Richards' technical skill is thoroughly

recognized, is shown by the fact that she has been employed as a chemist by the Chemical Manufacturers' Mutual Fire Insurance Company. As an official of that company, she has made many valuable experiments on the nature of explosive oils.

Out in the western country, the names of women mining engineers are beginning to be heard. Miss Clara Clark, of Butte, Montana, is doing the kind of work that any man mining engineer

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