Nora Stanton Blatch Barney

About Nora Stanton Blatch Barney

Who is it?: Civil Engineer, Architect, Women’s Rights Activists
Birth Day: September 30, 1883
Birth Place: Basingstoke, United States
Spouse(s): Lee De Forest (m. 1908–1911) Morgan Barney (m. 1919; his death 1943)
Children: Harriot Rhoda
Parent(s): William Blatch Harriot Eaton Stanton
Relatives: Elizabeth Cady Stanton (grandmother)

Nora Stanton Blatch Barney

Nora Stanton Blatch Barney was born on September 30, 1883 in Basingstoke, United States, is Civil Engineer, Architect, Women’s Rights Activists. Nora Stanton Blatch was the first woman to become a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. In 1905, she became the first woman to graduate from Cornell University with a Civil Engineering degree. While receiving a formal education was still uncommon for American women in the early 20th century, she went further by embarking on an engineering career and worked for the American Bridge Company and for the New York City Board of Water Supply. As the daughter of women’s rights activist Harriot Stanton Blatch, Nora inherited her mother’s passion for the cause. Along with her hectic career, she was also deeply involved with the women's suffrage movement. She was once married to Lee De Forest, who invented the radio vacuum tube. Being his wife, she worked for his company until the couple separated and eventually divorced because her husband was intimidated by her independent spirit and professional ambition. She re-established her career after her separation and worked for the Radley Steel Construction Company and the New York Public Service Commission. She also began working as an architect while remaining active on the women’s rights movement as well, becoming the president of the Women’s Political Union in 1915.
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As per our current Database, Nora Stanton Blatch Barney has been died on January 18, 1971(1971-01-18) (aged 87)\nGreenwich, Connecticut, U.S..

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When Nora Stanton Blatch Barney die, Nora Stanton Blatch Barney was 87 years old.

Popular As Nora Stanton Blatch Barney
Occupation Women's Rights Activists
Age 87 years old
Zodiac Sign Libra
Born September 30, 1883 (Basingstoke, United States)
Birthday September 30
Town/City Basingstoke, United States
Nationality United States

🌙 Zodiac

Nora Stanton Blatch Barney’s zodiac sign is Libra. According to astrologers, People born under the sign of Libra are peaceful, fair, and they hate being alone. Partnership is very important for them, as their mirror and someone giving them the ability to be the mirror themselves. These individuals are fascinated by balance and symmetry, they are in a constant chase for justice and equality, realizing through life that the only thing that should be truly important to themselves in their own inner core of personality. This is someone ready to do nearly anything to avoid conflict, keeping the peace whenever possible

🌙 Chinese Zodiac Signs

Nora Stanton Blatch Barney was born in the Year of the Goat. Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Goat enjoy being alone in their thoughts. They’re creative, thinkers, wanderers, unorganized, high-strung and insecure, and can be anxiety-ridden. They need lots of love, support and reassurance. Appearance is important too. Compatible with Pig or Rabbit.

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She was born Nora Stanton Blatch in Basingstoke, Hampshire, England in 1883 to william Blatch and Harriot Eaton Stanton, daughter of Elizabeth Cady Stanton. She studied Latin and mathematics at the Horace Mann School in New York, beginning in 1897, returning to England in the summers. The family moved to the United States in 1902. Nora attended Cornell University, graduating in 1905 with a degree in civil engineering. She was Cornell University's first female engineering graduate. In the same year, she was accepted as a junior member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and began work for the New York City Board of Water Supply. She also worked for the American Bridge Company in 1905–06.


In 1908, she married the Inventor Lee de Forest, and helped to manage some of the companies he had founded to promote his invention and the new Technology of wireless (radio). The couple spent their honeymoon in Europe marketing radio equipment developed by de Forest. However, the couple separated only a year later, due largely to de Forest's insistence that Nora quit her profession and become a conventional housewife. Shortly afterward, in June 1909, Nora gave birth to their daughter, Harriot. In 1909, she began working as an Engineer for the Radley Steel Construction Company. She divorced de Forest in 1911. After her divorce, she continued her engineering career, working for the New York Public Service Commission as an assistant Engineer, and later for the Public Works Administration in Connecticut and Rhode Island as an Architect, engineering inspector and structural-steel designer.


Following the examples set by her mother and grandmother, Nora also became active in the growing women's suffrage movement. She was the first female member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, where she was allowed to be a junior member only and denied advancement to associate member in 1916 solely because of her gender. At the time, women were only admitted as junior members. In 1916, she sued the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) for refusing to admit her as a full member, even though she met all requirements. Blatch lost, and no woman became a full ASCE member for a decade. In 2015, she was posthumously advanced to ASCE Fellow status.


In 1919, Nora married Morgan Barney, a marine Architect. Their daughter, Rhoda Barney Jenkins, born July 12, 1920, in New York, was an Architect and social Activist. Nora continued to work for equal rights for women and world peace, and in 1944 authored World Peace Through a People's Parliament.


Nora worked as a real-estate developer and political Activist until her death in Greenwich, Connecticut on January 18, 1971.

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