10 things invented by a woman

By the end of the 20th century, only 10 percent of all patents granted belonged to women. If you make a list of the most famous inventions of the last few centuries, among the authors of these inventions will be very few women. And it's not that women do not know how to invent or they do not have a creative bone, but they face many obstacles in getting "credit" for their ideas.

Take, for example, the case of Sybilla Masters (Sybilla Masters), a woman who lived in the American colonies. Observe the work of Indian women, she came up with a new way to turn corn into cornmeal. Sybil went to England in order to obtain a patent for his idea, however, if the current law, women were forbidden to have their property, including intellectual. This property is usually owned by a woman or her father or her husband. In 1715, a patent for her invention yet been issued, the document was the name of her husband.

Such property laws did not allow many women to acquire patents for their inventions. Women are also less likely to receive and receive technical training that would help them to generate brilliant ideas and turn them into a real product. Many women have faced prejudice and ridicule when they sought help from the men in the realization of their ideas.

Mary Keys (Mary Kies) was the first American woman who has registered a patent for his name. In 1809, she developed a way of weaving straw hats that had economic benefits for New England. Given a document in his own name, Mary, thus paved the way for other women - the inventors in order to have the right to patent their ideas. Below is a list of 10 things, the authors of which are women.

10. Circular Saw

In the late 18th century there was a Protestant religious sect known as the Shakers. The main values ​​of this sect were communal life, gender equality and hard work. Tabitha Babbitt (Tabitha Babbitt) lived in sheykerskom community in Massachusetts and worked as a weaver, but in 1810 she came up with a way to ease the burden on the work of his brothers. She noticed that men sawing logs special saw with two handles that need to pull it back and forth. Although the load on the two men was the same, sawn timber only when the saw is moved forward and the reverse motion with the log, nothing happened. Babbitt thought it was a waste of energy, and created a prototype of a circular saw, which later came to be used in the sawmill industry. She came up with a circular saw blade, so every move made sense. However, because of the commandments of the community, Babbitt did not receive a patent for his invention.

9. Chocolate cookies


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