By Rhonda Ramsey,
P.O.V. Contributing Writer
Lately, I have been working on channeling my thoughts and being more positive. I have been searching quotes, working on what I think about myself and working toward a new me. I have been very inspired by strong powerful female role models.
Recently, I somehow found myself browsing female inventors and learned (or re-learned what I had forgotten) some things that I think you will enjoy.
Did you know that by the 20th century, only 10 percent of all patents were awarded to female inventors?
According to one of my favorite websites:
“When you compile a list of the most famous inventions of the past few centuries, few women will show up as the creators of those items. It's not that women lack ingenuity or a creative spirit, though; it's just that women have faced many hurdles in receiving credit for their ideas. Take the case of Sybilla Masters, a woman who lived in the American colonies. After observing Native American women, she came up with a new way to turn corn into cornmeal. She went to England to obtain a patent for her work, but laws at the time stipulated that women couldn't own property, which included intellectual property like a patent. Such property was considered to be owned by the woman's father or husband. In 1715, a patent for Sybilla Masters' product was issued, but the name on the document is that of her husband, Thomas.”
After reading something like this, I could not wait to share a few of many inspirational women, and their wonderful inventions!
1) Sylbilla Masters
Masters was the first American female inventor in recorded history, but no doubt women have been inventing since the dawn of time without the deserved recognition. Sybilla Masters carried a patent application to England in 1712. She'd invented a new corn mill, but the patent had to be filed in her husband's name because she was a woman.
2) Mary Dixon Kies
Mary Dixon Kies was an early 19th-century American who was the first recipient of a patent granted to a woman by the United States Patent and Trade mark Office, on May 5, 1809, which was for a technique of weaving straw with silk and thread.
3) Ann Moore
Ann Moore invented the Snugli baby carrier.
4) Mary Anderson
Mary Anderson invented the windshield wiper. Anderson was issued a patent for the wipers in 1905.
5) Patricia Bath
Patricia Bath was the first African American woman doctor to receive a patent for a medical invention.
6) Bessie Blount
Blount invented a device to help disabled people eat with less difficulty.
7) Rachel Fuller Brown
Rachel Brown co-invented Nystatin, the world's first useful antifungal antibiotic.
In 1886, Josephine Cochran invented the first practical dishwasher.
9) Dianne Croteau
Dianne Croteau invented Actar 911, the CPR mannequin.
10) Marjorie Stewart Joyner
Joyner invented a permanent wave machine that would allow a hairdo to stay set for days.
Anyone ever used liquid paper or Whiteout? Did you know the inventor was a woman named Bette Nesmith? Last but not least, number 11:
Bette Nesmith Graham was a secretary who used her own kitchen blender to mix up her first batch of liquid paper.
Do you have any brilliant female inventors to add to our list?