Emily Roebling is chiefly remembered for her contributions over a period of more than 10 years to the completion of the Brooklyn Bridge after her husband Washington Roebling, the chief engineer, took ill. She handled most of the chief engineer duties, including day-to-day supervision and project management. While Emily and her husband jointly planned the bridge's continued construction, she dealt with politicians, competing engineers, and all those associated with the ongoing works. She was so involved that people began to believe she was the sole engineer behind the bridge's design.
Today the Brooklyn Bridge is marked with a plaque dedicated to the memory of Emily Warren Roebling, her husband Washington Roebling, and her father-in-law John A. Roebling. In 2018 The New York Times published a belated obituary for Emily, part of a series of obituaries for women and minorities whose achievements had been overlooked at their deaths.
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