12 Great Inventions We Can Thank Women For

In doing some research, I found some awesome inventions by women that we really need to appreciate and thank them for.  Here are just a few of the many things women have invented over the years.

1. The Car Heater

The first car heater was invented by Margaret A. Wilcox in 1893.

2. Kevlar

Kevlar was accidently invented by a chemist Stephanie Kwolek in 1965.  This material is used for making many different things such as bulletproof vests and crash helmets.  It is five times stronger than steel.

3. Windshield Wipers

Mary Anderson invented the first manual windshield wipers in 1903.  Charlotte Bridgwood invented an automatic version with an electric roller in 1917.  Neither of them really took off until Cadillac included them with all of their models, and other companies took interest and started to include them as well.  

4. Dishwasher

The dishwasher was invented in 1886 by Josephine Cochrane.  She personally never used it herself, but it made life easier for her maids and everyone else in the future.  

5. Beer

Beer historian Jane Peyton claims that ancient Mesopotamian women were the first to develop, sell, and even drink beer.  The earliest recipe comes from a 3900-year-old Sumerian poem honoring Ninkasi, the patron goddess of brewing.

6. Wireless Transmissions Technology​

Film star Hedy Lamarr hated being defined by her looks and strove to pursue different interests. She was granted that opportunity after a chance conversation with inventor George Anthiel which led to the development of a “Secret Communications System.” This “spread spectrum” system became the backbone of current wireless technology. We wouldn’t have cell phones or other wireless devices without it. Anthiel and Lamarr received a patent for the technology in 1941.

7. Submarine Lamp And Telescope

Sarah Mather was granted a patent in 1845 for a “tube with a lamp attached to one end… so to be sunk in the water to illuminate objects therein, and a telescope to view said objects and make examinations under water.”  During that time, it was used to easily detect underwater Confederate activity during the Civil War. Today, it is used to observe reefs and undersea habitats without disturbing the environment.

8. The Life Raft

The life raft was invented in 1882 by Maria Beasely.  

9. Residential Solar Heating

Physicist and solar-power pioneer Dr. Maria Telkes teamed up with architect Eleanor Raymond to build the first home entirely heated by solar power in 1947.

10. The Modern Electric Refrigerator

Florence Parpart invented the modern electric refrigerator in 1914.

11. The Ice Cream Maker

Nancy Johnson invented the ice cream maker in 1843.

12. Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies were invented in 1930 by Ruth Wakefield.  

 

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