It was always the work that was the gyroscope in my life. I don't know who could have lived with me. As an architect you're absolutely devoured. A woman's cast in a lot of roles and a man isn't. I couldn't be an architect and be a wife and mother.
Eleanore Kendall Pettersen (b. 1916), U.S. architect. As quoted in Past and Promise, part 4, by June Shatken (1990).
In an interview with the author on February 4, 1987. Pettersen was the first woman architect in New Jersey to open her own office—which she did in 1952 in Saddle River. She was also the first woman president of the New Jersey State Board of Architects (1975-76) and the New Jersey Society of Architects (1984-85).