Things Invented By Women That Really Changed The World. part 1
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June 23, 2019 at 11:53 am #1323442
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What would the world be without GPS or WiFi? Without some of the women on this list, the world could be a more dangerous place. Less safe, or Less interesting. Your eye-glasses (if you wear glasses) could have been blurry, less clear than they are now. Movies wouldn’t look the same. Between 1790 and 1984, only 1.5% of the patents created came from women. Today, that number has jumped to 20%. In a world filled with men, these are the inventions which stand out the most. They’re not things you would associate with women. Inventions are fascinating. They come about after many years, decades, or centuries of evolution. For instance, Anna Connelly was a woman inventor. She invented a fire escape. But it was nowhere near the external-staircase fire escapes we use today. Around then, many peopleinvented fire escapes which actually look like our modern day ones. But the women on this list made remarkable contributions to the world of technology. And their lives outside of science were often just as remarkable. Not only were they expert scientists, they were pioneers; they first of their kind. More times than not, they were immediately recognized for their contributions to the world. Sometimes they had to fight. Without these inventions, the world would have been different from what it is now.
Josephine Cochran was wealthy and entertained at home often. But after-party clean up was a mess. Servants had an enormous load of dishes to do. In 1850, Joel Houghton designed a hand-cranked dishwasher. L. A. Alexander improved it with a gear mechanism. But both devices s----d. When Josephine’s husband William died, she became motivated to finish her design. She wanted to develop a dish washing machine that actually got the job done. Josephine designed her dishwasher in a shed behind her house with an assisting mechanic. She designed separate compartments for plates, cups, and saucers. And her design was the first to use water pressure. Josephine patented the “First Practical Dish Washing Machine” in 1886. Later, she won first prize for “best mechanical construction, durability and adaption.” By word of mouth, she started getting orders from restaurants and hotels. A factory opened 10 years after her first patent.
Two designers have the credit for inventing Monopoly Charles Darrow and Elizabeth Magie. At the time, Magie was a writer, comedian, actress, and an engineer. Monopoly was at first used for educational purposes, a way to show the economic consequences and ill effects of land monopolies and prove the value of an economy that rewards wealth creation. In the beginning, the game was also used to promote women’s rights.The game’s original title was “The Landlord’s Game.” It was first patented in 1904, but Monopoly existed as early as 1902. It was one of the first board games to use a “continuous path,” a board designed without well-defined start and end spaces. The game soon spread by word of mouth. And professors used it on university campuses as a teaching tool. By 1933, Monopoly was near full evolution and looked much like the Monopoly we know and love today.
3. The Wireless Technology.
Once named “the most beautiful woman in the world,” Hedy Lamarr was a famous and fortunate Hollywood actress. She married the third richest man in Austria, Friedrich Mandl, in 1933. She was also intelligent. While Hedy and Friedrich attended prestigious business meetings, she learned about applied science. Bored of acting, she decided to help in the war effort. During World War II, German submarines began to torpedo passenger ships. Hedy said “I’ve got to invent something that will put a stop to that.” So she developed “spread spectrum” and “frequency hopping” technology. She obtained a patent in 1942. The U.S. Navy adopted the technology in 1962. And the U.S. military used it during a blockade of Cuba. The principles of her work nowserve as the basis for many modern technologies, including GPS, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. She joined the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2014.
4. Kevlar (Bulletproof Vests).
Stephanie Kwolek was a chemist at DuPont for over 40 years. She developed the synthetic fiber Kevlar in 1965. Kevlar is five times stronger than steel. This super amazing fiber has over 200 useful applications. Today, it’s used as military personal armor like combat helmets, ballistic face masks, and bulletproof vests. Fire fighters, police officers, and SWAT teams use Kevlar everyday. It’s lighter and thinner than equal gear made of traditional materials.It’s also used in music because it has useful acoustic properties. The cables on some suspension bridges are Kevlar. It’s also found within stadium roofs and smartphones. The Georgia Institute of Technology believes i could generate electricity in the future. Kwolek is the only female employee of DuPont awarded the Lavoisier Medal for outstanding technical achievement. In 1995, she became the fourth woman added to the National Inventors Hall of Fame.
5. Computer Programming Language.
Grace Hopper was a leader and innovator of computer programming language. “Programming language” is the basic building block for computer software, allowing humans to tell computers what to do. Grace Hopper worked as a programmer on the first computer, specifically the Harvard Mark 1 in 1944. She led the way in the field of software development concepts, making massive contributions in the shift from primitive to advanced computing technologies. She advocated the idea of a machine-independent programming language. Her development, COBOL, was one of the first high-level computer programming languages. She also popularized the term “computer bug” or “debugging” for fixing computer glitches.
6. Windshield Wipers.
Drivers were skeptical when Mary Anderson invented the first manual windshield wipers in 1903. They thought it was safer to drive with rain and snow obscuring the road than to pull a lever to clear it. (Another woman inventor, Charlotte Bridgwood, invented an automatic version with an electric roller in 1917. It didn’t take off, either.) But by the time Anderson’s patent expired in 1920, windshield wipers were cleaning up. Cadillac was the first to include them in every car model, and other companies soon followed.0June 23, 2019 at 1:46 pm #1323467
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And to think that they are women…Spectacular!0June 23, 2019 at 1:50 pm #1323468
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i hope our women are seeing this?
if its about making-up and having multiple boyfriends,na there dem carry first0June 23, 2019 at 2:13 pm #1323486
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Ok0June 23, 2019 at 2:13 pm #1323487
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Dat is cool….0June 23, 2019 at 4:27 pm #1323528
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Wow0June 23, 2019 at 6:19 pm #1323557
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This is whaoo… So women are actually responsible than girls0June 23, 2019 at 7:42 pm #1323703
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