Nora Stanton Blatch Barney

(1883–1971) Nora continued the legacy begun by her grandmother, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and mother, Harriet Stanton Blatch. Nora was the first female to graduate from Cornell University with a civil engineering degree and the first woman admitted to the Society of American Civil Engineers. When she aged out of her junior member status, she sued to be a full member but was denied based on her gender. In 2015, she was given this status posthumously.

Nora's first husband wanted her to give up her occupation to be a housewife. Although pregnant, she refused and they were divorced shortly after. These actions speak to her strong belief in women's rights. In 1915, Nora was elected president of the Women's Political Union began by her mother. This organization joined thousands of working women together in support of voting, equal pay and improved working conditions. In later years, she worked in support of the Equal Rights Amendment.

Nora wrote articles promoting world peace until the time of her death.

Woodlawn Cemetery

4199 Webster Avenue, Bronx, NY 10470

Bronx County

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