Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Patently female

Women inventors. We all know Michael Nesmith's Mom(Bette Nesmith Graham) invented Liquid Paper.  But wait there's more!  Lillian Moller Gilbreth of Cheaper by the Dozen fame invented the step-on trash container.  She had doctorates in psychology and engineering, 12 kids, 2 hands.  If anyone needed a trash can you could open with your foot...   Dr. Patricia Bath, the creator of laser cataract surgery, was the first African American woman to receive a patent for a medical invention.  Remember when everyone wanted Math Blaster software?  Well, they did and it was brought to you by Jan Davidson. As for how long women have been in the invention business,  Hypatia of Alexandria invented the astrolabe.  This occurred in the neighborhood of the year 390. To read more:
Patently female : from AZT to TV dinners : stories of women inventors and their breakthrough ideas

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