Women have come a long way since the early 1900's. If gender discrimination were still an issue, we Ladys would most likely be registered as Paul Smith and Adam Jones under the AIA. Why? Well lets do a little math to see how far we've come:
- The First Women registered as a "professional architect in the U.S" was in 1881(Louise Bethune). Considering edifices have been going up since Columbus sailed the ocean blue (for those who can't remember rythmes that was 1492) this def. took a while. Thus making the count 131 yrs. since a women was first acknowledge an "Architect" in the New World.
- Women in the Early 1900's registered themselves and their practices under male names, in order to elude the prejudices that came with their gender. Thus making it only 100+/-yrs since we've been able to use our real names.
- The Civil Rights Act was signed in 1964, allowing equal right in the workplace, and allowing women to pursue full forth entering the boys club (although we know that's easier said than done).Oh yes almost forget, 48yrs since that Jazz!
- The First Women to win the Pritzker Prize ( hightest honor in the field of Architecture) was Zaha Hadid in 2004, and considering the prize was founded in 1979...will cut them some slack for taking 25 years. In conclusion, it's been 8 yrs since Big Z put a HADID on it, like a Boss!
- And now for the moment you've all been waiting for......as Barney Stinson might say, wait for it, wait for..it........it's been only 2yrs since Jeanne Gang designed Chicagos Aqua Tower. Completed in 2010, today it's known for being one of the tallest skyscrapers designed by a Lady Architect, and this my dear friends makes for a total of 2yrs since are our X chromosome has broken barriers, and quite literally reached for the sky.
So yes I'd say it's about time that Women Architects make headlines. Bless all those old ladies who in their glory days went by the name of Paul and Adam. Thank you for paving the way for people such as the Big Z and J. Gang, as well as, the little people-me, Kudos to you! Now back to my regular scheduled toilet partition.