'lost Art Of Dress' Author Linda Przybyszweski Talks The Evolution Of Style - Ny Daily News

They made their life as writers and lecturers and if you look at what they wrote, they referenced each others work, there's a lot of intellectual contact amongst them. AP: A lot of these women had PhDs, had gone to university and studied the hard sciences. LP: With textiles and costumes this is where you get the women scientists and this is how the Bureau of Home Economics becomes the largest employer of women scientists in the country. Looking back, we think these women only had the domestic sphere or only worked in the Bureau of Home Economics, but they really took it and ran with it. Ruth O'Brien, who was trained as a chemist, worked on textile dyes for her masters degree, she was the head of textiles and clothing at the Bureau and she once was at a public discussion about what, this is what they called them, girl chemists could do [for their future]. They were young women getting college degrees in chemistry and someone suggested 'they'll never get hired by a chemical company to work in a laboratory, so they should just become typists.' AP: Oh no... LP: Right, She just got so angry! For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/pageviews/lost-art-dress-author-linda-przybyszweski-talks-evolution-style-blog-entry-1.1816799