Dazzling Women Designers

Dazzling Women Designers


By Jill Bryant


Women are 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. By including designers who are household names as well as those who young readers may not have heard of, Dynamic Women Designers offers a well-rounded introduction to the women who shape our world.

A Women's Hall of Fame Series Book

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About the Author

Jill Bryant is a Canadian writer who specializes in children’s non-fiction. Born in Toronto, Jill grew up in Elora and Eden Mills, Ontario. Jill has lived in Japan, the U.S., England, and Germany. She now makes her home in historic Kingston, Ontario with her husband and their two teenage daughters.

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Product Information

  • Release: October 4, 2010

  • $10.95 Paperback

  • 128Pages

  • 6 x 9

  • Children’s Nonfiction

  • Ages 9-13 / Grades 4-8

  • ISBN: 9781897187821


  • Character Education
    > Strong Female Role Models

  • Language Arts
    > Biography

  • Visual Arts
    > Fashion Design & Landscape Design

Awards for Dazzling Women Designers

  • Short-listed for the 2012 American Library Association Amelia Bloomer List of Best Feminist Books

Praise for Dazzling Women Designers

"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: Canadian Review of Materials

"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