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Dazzling Women Designers

Women's Hall of Fame Series

by: Jill Bryant

Designing our World - from Fashion to Robots...

The work of women designers touches every part of our lives. In the 1920s British furniture designer and architect Eileen Gray developed ideas for homes that still seem modern today. From chairs made of steel tubes to bare-basic rooms, she created an entirely new look. American Suzanne E. Vanderbilt was one of the first women to design cars for General Motors. Designer of cities Jane Jacobs caused controversy in the 1960s with her campaign against a New York expressway that revolutionized the way we understand urban life. And designer Ritu Kumar, known as “the grand woman of Indian fashion,” is celebrated for bringing the beautiful tradition of embroidery to modern clothes.   The other designers profiled in this inspiring collection are landscape architect Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, roboticist Cynthia Breazeal, costume designer Eiko Ishioka, interior designer Aissa Dione, fashion designer Vera Wang, and architect Zaha Hadid.

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Named to the 2012 Amelia Bloomer Project's list of best feminist books for kids!

Part of ALA’s Social Responsibilities Roundtable (SRRT) Feminist Task Force (FTF), the Amelia Bloomer Project annually selects the best feminist books published within the last 18 months for children and teens.  

Here's what the Bloomer Project said about the book:

 "We found this book to be an exemplary title and we thank you for the work you have done in publishing this strong feminist book for youth. We were particularly impressed by the geographical range and the occupational diversity of the women in this book.  I am confident that many students of both genders will find these profiles impressive and amazing!" 


"With each thoroughly researched account the reader will learn and be inspired from the often controversial impact that these amazing women have had on modern designs. Well written and enjoyable to read." - Resource Links

"Dazzling Women Designers, like its sister books, makes accessible the lives of accomplished women in order to encourage and motivate its readers to accomplish great things in turn. Highly Recommended." - CM Magazine

"Dazzling Women Designers is an inspirational collection that presents a broad array of design career success stories for young readers to savor." - Midwest Book Review

"[Dazzling Women Designers is] highly recommended to anyone who is interested in how women play a role in the diverse field of design." - Victoria Stocker, The Department of Libary Science and Instructional Technology, The Fall Book Review


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Grade: 6-up

Guided Reading Level: Z

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