There are a lot of little things in the world that we take for granted, so many of these things are so integrated into our lives that we don’t even notice that they’re there. Some of these fabulous inventions were given to us by women. So alongside showcasing some amazing women, we have decided to give you a look at what women gave us.
(This post proved to be WWAAAAAYYY to long, so we’re making it into two posts!)
Here are just a few things we have wonderful women to thank for:
1- The paper bag
Before 1869 paper bags looked somewhat like envelopes. However, in 1869 Margret Knight, an American cotton mill worker created a machine that made them with flat bottoms, it wasn’t long before a man named Charles Annan saw the design and tried to take the idea for his own, she sued him and won the patent in 1871.
DuPont chemist Stephanie Kwolek accidentally invented Kevlar, material five times stronger than steel while trying to perfect a lighter fibre for car tires.
Yep, Monopoly, the game that has been the staple of every game night, was invented by Elizabeth Magie. She called it the The Landlord’s Game to spread the economic theory of Georgism—teaching players about the unfairness of land-grabbing, the disadvantages of renting, and the need for a single land value tax on owners.
So, that’s why it destroys families, and friendships.
Magie self-published the board in 1906. 30 years late a man named Charles Darrow changed the board design and message and sold it to Parker Brothers as Monopoly.
The company bought Magie’s patent for the original game for $500 and no royalties.
4- Windshield Wipers
When Mary Anderson invented the manual windshield wiper in 1903, people weren’t exactly jumping for joy. Many believed that it was safer to have snow and rain obstructing the view that have a level to clean it (no we’re not kidding)
(Another woman inventor, Charlotte Bridgwood, invented an automatic version with an electric roller in 1917. That didn’t do too well either.)
Cadillac was the first to include them in every car model, and other companies soon followed.
That’s right, women gave us code AND computers. We have Grace Hopper to thank for that. She and Howard Aiken designed Harvard’s Mark I computer, a five-ton, room-sized machine in 1944.
She invented the compiler that translated written language into computer code and coined the terms “bug” and “debugging” when she had to remove moths from the device