15 inventions by women we couldn’t live without

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Here are 15 important inventions you never knew were invented by women...
  1. The Car Heater

We all owe our thanks to Margaret A Wilcox who invented the car heater in 1893. 

(Margaret also invented a combined clothes and dishwasher).


2.  Monopoly

This popular board game was designed by Elizabeth Magie in 1904.

It was 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 Brothers 30 years later.

However Parker Brothers later paid Elizabeth $500 for her game. Gee Thanks!


3. The Fire Escape

The fire escape was invented by Anna Connelly in 1887.


4. The Life Raft

The life saving life raft was invented by Maria Beasely in 1882. (Maria also invented a machine that makes barrels).


5. Residential Solar Heating

Solar 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.


6. The Medical Syringe

The medical syringe, which could be operated with only one hand, was invented by a woman by the name of

Letitia Geer in 1899.


7. The Modern Electric Refrigerator

The electric refrigerator was invented by Florence Parpart in 1914.

(Florence also invented an improved street cleaning machine in addition to the refrigerator).


8. The Ice Cream Maker

The ice cream maker was invented by a woman named Nancy Johnson in 1843.

Her patented design is still used today!


9. The Computer Algorithm

Ada Lovelace was essentially the first computer programer due to her work with Charles Babbage

at the University of London in 1842.

In fact her notes were key to helping Alan Turing’s work on the first modern computers in the 1940s.

10. Telecommunications Technology

Some 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.


11. The Dishwasher

The Dishwasher was invented by Josephine Cochrane in 1887.

Ahead of her times, she marketed her machine to hotel owners and opened her own factory without the help of a man.


12. Wireless Transmission Technology

Hedy Lamarr, a world famous film star, invented a secret communications system during World War II

for radio-controlling torpedoes.

This technology also paved the way for everything from Wi-Fi to GPS.

13. Closed-Circuit Television Security (CCTV)

Marie Van Brittan Brown invented CCTV in 1969 because of the slow response of police officers,

to help people ensure their own security.

This invention influenced modern CCTV systems used for home security and police work today.


14.  Central Heating

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 today.

15. Computer Software

Dr Grace Murray Hopper was a computer scientist that invented COBOL which is the first user-friendly

business computer software system in the 1940s. 

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.


So who said it's a man's world?