The Car HeaterWe all owe our thanks to Margaret A Wilcox who invented the car heater in 1893!
(Margaret also invented a combined clothes and dishwasher)MonopolyThis popular board game was designed by Elizabeth Magie in 1904, originally
called the Landlord’s Game. The purpose of this game was to expose the injustices
of unchecked capitalism. Her game was ripped off by Charles Darrow who sold it to
Parker Brother’s 30 years later. However, Parker Brothers later paid Elizabeth $500
for her game. Gee Thanks!
The Fire EscapeThe fire escape was invented by Anna Connelly in 1887.
The Life RaftThe life saving Life Raft was invented by Maria Beasely in 1882.
(Maria also invented a machine that makes barrels)
Residential Solar HeatingSolar heating for residential housing was invented by Dr. Maria
Telkes in 1947. Dr. Telkes was a Psychiatrist in addition to being
a Solar-Power Pioneer.
The Medical SyringeThe medical syringe which could be operated with only one hand
was invented by a woman by the name of Letitia Geer in 1899The Electric RefrigeratorThe electric refrigerator was invented by Florence Parpart in 1914.
(Florence also invented an improved street cleaning machine in
addition to the refrigerator)The Ice Cream MakerThe ice cream maker was invented by a woman named Nancy
Johnson in 1843. Her patented design is still used today!The Computer AlgorithmAda Lovelace is essentially the first computer programmer due to her
work with Charles Babbage at the University of London in 1842.
In fact her notes was an essential key to helping Alan Turing’s work
on the first modern computers in the 1940s.Telecommunications TechnologySome of the Telecommunication Technology developed by Dr. Shirley
Jackson include portable fax, touch tone telephone, solar cells, fibre optic
cables, and the technology behind caller ID and call waiting.The DishwasherThe Dishwasher was invented by Josephine Cochrane in 1887. Before her time,
she even marketed her machine to hotel owners and even opened her own factory
without the help of a man!Wireless Transmission TechnologyHedy Lamarr, a world famous film star, invented a secret communication
system during World War II for radio-controlling torpedoes. This Technology
also paved the way for everything from Wi-Fi to GPSClosed-Circuit Television Security (CCTV)Marie Van Brittan Brown invented CCTV because of the slow response
of police officers in 1969 to help people ensure their own security.
This invention influenced modern CCTV systems used for home security
and police work today.The Modern Paper BagMargaret Knight invented a machine that makes square bottomed paper
bags in 1871. She almost didn’t get credit when Charles Anan tried to steal
her work claiming that it wasn’t possible for a woman to create this brilliant
invention. (Margaret also invented a safety device for cotton mills when she
was 12. That invention is still being used today)Central HeatingAlthough Alice Parker’s invention in 1919 of a gas powered central heater was
never manufactured. Her idea was the first that allowed for using natural gas
to heat a home, inspiring the central heating systems used todayKevlarThis life-saving material, that is 5 times stronger than steel and used to make
bulletproof vests, was invented in 1965 by Stephanie Kwolek.Computer SoftwareDr. Grace Murray Hopper was a computer scientist that invented COBOL
which is the first user-friendly business computer software system in the 1940’s.
She was also a rear admiral in the U.S. navy and the first person to use the term
“bug” in reference to a glitch in a computer system when she literally found a bug
(moth) causing problems with her computer.