10 things invented by women

Clothes wringer/mangle
In 1880, an African-American woman named Ellen Elgin invented the clothes wringer. Sadly, she never made a fortune, selling her patent rights for a pittance because she believed if white women knew the wringer was invented by a black woman they wouldn’t want it.

Suspension bridge supports.
Invented in 1811 by Sarah Guppy, 41, from Birmingham, UK.

Windscreen Wipers
Invented in 1903 by 37-year-old Mary Anderson, 37, from Alabama, USA.

Hydrometer
This instrument, which calculates the relative density of liquids, was invented in around 400AD by Hypatia of Alexandria, Egypt and is still in use today.

Solar powered fridge
Invented in 2006 by Emily Cummins, 19, from Leeds, UK.

Paper bags
Invented in 1871 by Margaret E Night, 32, from Maine, USA.

Computer programming
In 1843 aged 32, Ada Lovelace from London, UK, wrote the world’s first computer programmes for the Analytical Engine – an early mechanical computer invented by Charles Babbage.

Feeding device for amputees
Bessie Blount, 37, an African-American physiotherapist who worked with soldiers  injured in World War II, invented an electrical device that allowed amputees to feed themselves in 1951.

Disposable nappy
Invented in 1950 by Marion Donovan, 33, from Indiana, USA.

Dipped headlights
Invented in 1908 by Emily Canham from London, UK after being dazzled by the headlights of the newly invented automobile.

2 Responses to 10 things invented by women

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  2. Cycleboy says:

    In 1886, Josephine Cochran invented the dishwasher in Shelbyville, USA

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