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    Inventions created 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)

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    2. Monopoly

    This 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!

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    3. The Fire Escape

    The fire escape was invented by Anna Connelly in 1887

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    4. The Life Raft

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

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    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

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    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

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    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)

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    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!

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    9. The Computer Algorithm

    Ada Lovelace is essentially the first computer programer 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.

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    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.

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    11. The Dishwasher

    The 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!

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    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

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    13. Closed-Cercuit 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
    sytems used for home security and police work today.

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    14. The Modern Paper Bag

    Margaret 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)

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    15. Central Heating

    Although 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

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    16. Kevlar

    This life-saving material that is 5 times stronger than steel and used to make bulletproof vests
    was invented in 1965 by Stephanie Kwolek

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    17. 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 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

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    18. Beer

    According to Beer Historian Jane Peyton Mesopotamian women were
    the first to develop, sell, and even drink beer.

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