About Nora Stanton Barney (Blatch)
Nora Stanton Blatch Barney (September 30, 1883 – January 18, 1971) was an American civil engineer, architect, and suffragist.
She was born Nora Stanton Blatch in Basingstoke, Hampshire, England in 1883 to William Blatch and Harriot Eaton Stanton, daughter of Elizabeth Cady Stanton. The family moved to the United States in 1902. Nora attended Cornell University, graduating in 1905 as the first woman to earn a degree in civil engineering. Following the examples set by her mother and grandmother, Nora became active in the growing suffrage movement. In 1908, she married the inventor Lee De Forest, but the couple separated only a year later. Shortly afterward, in June 1909, Nora gave birth to their daughter, Harriot Stanton De Forest. Additional marital problems led to the couple's divorce in 1911. In 1917, Nora married Morgan Barney, a marine architect. She worked as a real-estate developer and political activist until her death in Greenwich, Connecticut in 1971.