6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on March 12, 2002
Plainly stated, 13,000 children will died in the world today due to water borne diseases. This will not happen in America because of the un-recognized work of Ellen S. Richards. She is the most shameful example of sex discrimination in the 20th century. She taught most of the so called great civil engineers that developed America's water and wastewater infrastructure in the first half of the last century. She ranks far ahead of Einstein, Newton, Madonna, Jane Fonda, Monica, Oprah, Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe, the Kennedy's and Rush. And to think that she came along at a time when most men thought an education should not be wasted on a woman. If you are reading this review, the chances are real good that you are alive today because of work of Ellen Richards. If you woke up this morning, it's because she made a difference in her life time.
We have Martin L. King Day for civil rights and that's good. But we should declare Earth Day in May to be Ellen Swallow Richards Day and be thankful for clean water.
She died in 1911, but stated a clear warning that applies today. "America must not confuse growth with maturity". Hence the problem with America today.
Folks, you will enjoy reading and learning from this book and will grow as a result. Mr. Clarke has done a great service in providing this resource for all of us.
Conrade Hinds, Architect
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 8, 2009
If you're looking for a good read about a pioneering woman, you've found it! Ellen Swallow Richards was the first woman to attend MIT before women even were allowed. She pioneered indoor plumbing, standardization of products sold, and sampling of local water supplies. She offered correspondence by mail college level science classes to women across the nation. Ellen could be considered a geologist, an engineer, a chemist, a women's right activist, and much more. She is considered the founder of the Home Economics movement, which to her was something much more than what our contemporaries would accept or believe. A woman smarter than most men of her time (or ours), Swallow was way ahead of her time. This is a must read for anyone who wants to be inspired!
on July 15, 2015
I am very interested in Ellen Swallow because she is very important in the history of the United States yet few people have heard of her. She was the first woman to attend MIT and the first woman on faculty there. She had a tremendous impact on improving water quality and is the advocate that started the training of women in Home Economics( which is now called Family and Consumer Science). She gave her life to serve the needs of people in a rapidly changing society in the early 1900's. She never looked for personal gain but, instead, looked for ways to improve and educate her community. She truly is my hero. Reading this book only deals with one aspect of her extremely productive life. Worth the read though.