Written by Mary Anne Abdo
While few people remember my name.
History has recorded my contribution to this engineering marvel.
Being a woman in Victorian society.
Higher education was unacceptable.
A woman’s place was behind her husband.
A twist of fate granted me the grace of a man’s only world entrance.
Having to tend to my husband’s decompression illness.
Finding my way through the curriculum of engineering.
Mastering this educational maze of steel and stone.
I, a woman assumed the task of chief engineer.
Enduring a decades worth of snide contractors.
Inspectors, politicians, reporters sneering in my face.
It was not until that last year my reputation garnered respect.
Did you know I was the first person to cross the Brooklyn Bridge?
In a carriage with my red rooster for good luck!
That feat gained attention to those far and wide.
That all my womanly efforts were so monumental.
I am, Emily Warren Roebling.
I am the woman who saved the Brooklyn Bridge.
Text © Mary Anne Abdo
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