March is Women’s History Month and today is International Women’s Day. What better way to celebrate than to look at some of the awesome things that wouldn’t even exist if it weren’t for women.
Here are just some of the awesome things we can thank women for inventing:
Beer:One woman can’t be credited with the invention of beer ... because, historically, MANY women were involved in its creation and production. In fact, about 7000 years ago, the brewing of beer was so important in Mesopotamia and Sumeria that only women were allowed to even engage in the activity, and only women ran taverns. Ancient societies even considered beer to be a gift from a goddess.
Square Bottomed Paper Bags: In the late 1800s Margaret Knight realized that paper bags were pretty useless, so she created a machine to cut and attach flat bottoms to bags. Get this ... before she could even patent the design, some jerk named Charles Annan said a woman wasn’t smart enough to invent it and stole her idea. Don’t worry ... she sued him and secured the patent in 1871.
The Windshield Wiper: In 1904, Mary Anderson applied for a patent for a blade with a rubber end that could be activated from inside the car so people didn’t have to stop driving to clear snow and ice off their windshields.
Dishwasher: In 1886, socialite Josephine Cochrane got tired of "the help" breaking her china. Not wanting to do all the scrubbing herself, she invented the first dishwasher.
Kevlar: Anyone who puts on a bulletproof vest has Stephanie Kwolek to thank. Her research with chemical compounds for the DuPont Company led her to invent Kevlar ... which was patented in 1966.
Chocolate Chip Cookies: In 1930, Ruth Wakefield was baking cookies for guests at her Toll House Inn. She realized she was out of Bakers Chocolate so she broke up a Nestle chocolate bar thinking the chocolate would melt while baking. What resulted was the chocolate chip cookie. Thank you so much, Ruth!
Monopoly: The classic board game was created by game designer Elizabeth Magie in 1903. The game, which was originally called The Landlord's Game, was intended "to demonstrate the tragic effects of land-grabbing."
Science Fiction: You can thank author Mary Shelley for the genre she started in 1918 with her novel,Frankenstein: or,The Modern Prometheus.
Liquid paper: In the early 1950s Bette Graham was a single mom working as a secretary to make ends meet. She started using a small brush and white paint to cover up typing mistakes and she tinkered with the formula until it became the white out we know today. She started a company selling the stuff and it eventually sold to Gillette for nearly $50 million.
Modern telecommunications: Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson, the first African American woman to earn a Ph.D. from MIT, worked at Bell Laboratories in the 1970s and 1980s, leading research that eventually led to such innovations as the portable fax, caller ID, and call-waiting.
Computer Software: In the 1950s, Dr. Grace Murray Hopper, a computer scientist and U.S. Navy Rear Admiral invented COBOL, the first user-friendly business computer software program. On November 22, 2016, she was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.
Solar Heated Home: Dr. Maria Telkes worked at MIT on their Solar Energy Research Project. In the 1940s, she created the first solar-heated home with architect Eleanor Raymond.
Stem Cell Isolation: Dr. Ann Tsukamoto is one of two people who earned a patent in 1991 for a process to isolate the human stem cell. Her work has led to a better understanding of the blood systems of cancer patients and could advance research to lead to a cure. (Glamour,Huffington Post)