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10 Black Women inventors that go unnoticed

Black Women are magical, and that’s just a proven fact.

 In honor of Black History Month, here is a list of 10 Black Women Inventors that deserve to be recognized for their inventions and their #BlackGirlMagic

Marie Van Brittan Brown

 Marie Van Brittan Brown is the creator of the first home security system. Her invention was comprised of peepholes, a camera, monitors, and a two-way microphone.  Brown’s invention laid the foundation for the modern security systems used today.

Lisa Gelobter 

Lisa Gelobter is the developer of many internet technologies including Shockwave Flash, Brightcove and Animated GIFs. Imagine the internet without any GIFs? We would hate to see it. Thanks Lisa!

Mary Davidson Kenner

 At only 18 years old Mary Davisdon Kenner is the inventor of the sanitary belt.  Kenner’s invention was a sanitary belt with a moisture-proof napkin pocket. Although the pad isn’t the same, it set the foundation for what we use today. Later on along with her sister, Kenner invented the toilet tissue holder. 

Shirley Ann Jackson

 Shirley Ann Jackson is the inventor of Caller ID and Call waiting. The portable fax machine and touch tone telephones all came to fruition due to her research. Alice H. Parker

 Alice H. Parker is known for her contribution to the heating furnace. She invented a furnace that supplied central heating for homes and entire buildings. Next time you’re going through a brutal Winter, thank Alice H Parker for being the reason why you’re warm at night. 

Valerie Thomas

 Valerie Thomas is coined for inventing the illusion transmitter, the technology that is used in 3D movies.

Madame CJ Walker

 Madame CJ Walker is a household name when it comes to Black history. Walker invented her own line of African American hair care products. She is known for the modernization of the relaxer. Walker went on to become one of America’s first self made millionaires. #BlackGirlMagic at its peak. 

Theora Stephens

 In 1983, Theora Stephens created one of the most essential tools when it comes to our hair care, the pressing/curling. 

Christina Jenkins

Another inventor in hair care we must thank is Christina Jeniks. Jeniks is the inventor of the sew in technique. Jenkins wanted to find ways to secure wigs and hair pieces , thus she developed what she called the hair weaving method. Next time you get your hair laid, give thanks to Christina Jeninks!

Lyda Newman

 Although Newman was not the first inventor of the brush, she received a patent for an improved model of the hairbrush. Newman invented the synthetic bristle brush we use today. Our sleek ponytails could not be done without Newman’s improvement to the hairbrush. 


    Black Women are nothing short of elite and thats that on that. 


Naa'ilah Frazier

Hampton U '22

Naailah is a strategic commiunications major, cinema studies minor from Brooklyn, New York. She is a member of the Student Union Board and a writer and social media coordinator for WHOVTV. Naailah hopes of becoming a director and a producer for films.In her freetime she loves to write, read,stan Beyonce and try new restaurants.
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