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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I agree, that is why writing about women’s contributions is so very important. For me the unsung heroines need a voice and that is why I am writing about them. I need to set an example for my granddaughter to empower her. I have always told my children you can be anything you want to be , you just need to be determined and put your mind to it.
You are welcome. I am working on a poetry chap about women in history who have made contributions that are not well know. It is important for women to be recognized to empower our future generations.
The woman’s contributions are often, underestimated, because, we live in the, shadows, cast by, men…
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