Women History – We Did That!

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Earlier this week, so many people were outraged when THAT Polish politician ignorantly declared that women must earn less because they are weaker and less intelligent.  Okay, admittedly, I wasn’t even mad because his statement is so ridiculous that it made me laugh.  Who in their right mind would take him seriously???

But wait…it is 2017, the year of the crazy so let me arm myself with information – unlike other people.  Go to Google.  Type women’s history.  Let’s see.  Okay, here we go.  Oh, wait.  Let me just list them here.

  • (Ancient Mesopotamia circa 5th millennium B.C.) Beer
  • (18th Century) The first computer algorithm – Ada Lovelace
  • (1812) Circular Saw – Tabitha Babbitt
  • (1843) Ice cream maker – Nancy Johnson
  • (1845) Submarine lamp and telescope – Sarah Mather
  • (1850) Cotton mill safety mechanism – Margaret Knight
  • (1871) Paper bag making-machine – Margaret Knight
  • (1871) Maritime signal flares – Martha Coston
  • (1872) Dishwasher – Josephine Cochran
  • (1875) Globes – Ellen Fitz
  • (1879) Locomotive chimney – Mary Walton
  • (1882) Life raft – Maria Beaseley
  • (1882) Alphabet blocks – Adeline D.T. Whitney
  • (1887) Fire escape – Anna Connelly
  • (1887) The dishwasher – Josephine Cochran
  • (1881) Elevated railway – Mary Walton
  • (1891) Rolling pin – Catherine Deiner
  • (1892) Ironing Board – Sarah Boone
  • (1893) The car heater – Margaret Wilcox
  • (1899) Medical syringe – Letitia Geer
  • (1900) Street cleaning machine – Florence Parpart
  • (1903) Windshield wipers – Mary Anderson
  • (1903) Radioactive metals – Marie Curie
  • (1904) Monopoly – Elizabeth Magie
  • (1904) Rotary engine – Margaret Knight
  • (1914) Electric refrigerator – Florence Parpart
  • (1917) Electric hot water heater – Ida Forbes
  • (1917) Engine muffler – El Dorado Jones
  • (1919) Gas heating furnace, a precursor to central heating – Alice H. Parker
  • (1930) Chocolate chip cookies – Ruth Wakefield
  • (1941) Wireless transmission technology – Hedy Lamarr
  • (1947) Residential solar heating – Dr. Maria Telkes
  • (1950s) Computer software and the COBOL programming language – Dr. Grace Murray Hopper
  • (1950) Disposable diaper – Marion Donovan
  • (1951) Liquid paper – Bessie Nesmith Graham
  • (1952) Apgar tests, which evaluate baby’s health upon birth – Virginia Apgar
  • (1956) Scotchgard – Patsy O. Sherman
  • (1965) Snugli baby carrier – Ann Moore
  • (1966) Kevlar – Stephanie Kwolek
  • (1969) Closed-Circuit Television Security, or CCTV – Marie Van Brittan Brown
  • (1971) Computerized telephone switching system – Erna Schneider Hoover
  • (1978 – 1988) Telecommunications tech – Dr. Shirley Jackson
  • (1991) Stem cell isolation – Gail Martin, Ann Tsukamoto
  • (1997) Geobond – Patty Billings

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.  Snap!

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