Women’s Inventions, What Impact Is Within?

2011 Inventor Hall of FameOften we forget the impact women have had in history and continue to have today. There are ten inventors being inducted in 2011  National Inventors Hall of Fame in Akron, Ohio and one is a woman.  I can assure you the Hall of fame is filled with many impactful women that like us, were fixing a problem or embracing an opportunity:

Esther Sans Takeuchi with her invention of the Lithium/Silver Vanadium Oxide Battery

This Hall of Fame is worth a stop if your travels take you to Ohio.  Display after display is dedicated to a man or men who have invented products, instruments and machines that have had an impact on history.  But do you know what Bulletproof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers and laser Printers have in common? They were all invented by women.

Here are other women who have made a different in our world:

  • Ruth Benerito invented wrinkle free cotton
  • Helen Blanchard invented the zigzag sewing machine
  • Yvonne Brill worked on rocket propulsion and invented Electrothermal Hydrazine Resistojet
  • Rachel Fuller Brown invented the world’s first useful antifungal antibiotic
  • Josephine Cochran invented the dishwasher
  • Martha Coston invented the signal flares used on ships
  • Gertrude Belle Elion invented the leukemia-fighting drug 6-mercaptopurine and drugs that facilitated kidney transplants.

The lists goes on.  Do you have an invention that you are working on? Is there something in your life that you would like to change? Take inspiration from these magnificent women that have led the way in changing the world.