Dazzling Women Designers

Dazzling Women Designers


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.

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
  • 128 Pages
  • 6 x 9
  • Children’s Nonfiction
  • Ages 9-13 / Grades 4-8
  • Guided Reading: Z
  • ISBN: 9781897187821


  • Character Education
    > Strong Female Role Models
  • Language Arts
    > Biography
  • Art & Design

Awards for Dazzling Women Designers

  • Named one of the Amelia Bloomer Project's 2012 Best Feminist Books for Children and Teens - American Library Association
    From the committee:  "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!" 

Praise for Dazzling Women Designers

"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: Canadian Review of Materials

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