This is a photo of Sophia Hayden, one of America’s earliest female architects. I’m currently reading “Devil in the White City,” by Erik Larson (awesome book so far, btw). As the first woman to graduate from MIT’s architecture program, Hayden won the design competition for the Women’s Building at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.
She received only $1,000 for her work, while male architects were paid 3-10x more than her. Due to mounting pressures and a very domineering overseer, Hayden apparently suffered a mental breakdown during construction and had to spend time in a sanitarium for depression.
She never returned to architecture.