Industrial Engineering

The mother of modern management and the cost benefit of having many children

The mother of modern management and the cost benefit of having many children

Lillian Gilbreth is known as the mother of modern management and the first lady of engineering, but most people are more familiar with her simply because she was a mother…of twelve children.  In fact, two of her children wrote a memoir of their childhood called “Cheaper by the Dozen.” I am sorry to say I haven’t read the story, but I have read a bit about Gilbreth herself.  A few of us have been discussing how we never intended to get into engineer, sort of fell into it. I imagine that’s what happened with Gilbreth.  Her father never felt that women needed to have college degrees because they were only going to raise families, but he allowed her to attend UC Berkeley where she earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in literature.  When she graduated with her BA in 1900, she was the first woman to speak at a […]