Astronaut Ellen Ochoa playing the flute on the space shuttle Discovery in 1993 Picture by @nasa #astronaut #nasa #ellenochoa #adventure #magazine #dodo #treehouse #discovery #space #treehouse
Recently, we celebrated International Women's Day and March is women’s history month, or should I say HERstory month. For the holiday, Microsoft released a commercial where they asked little girls how many inventors they can name, a question to which each little girl had an answer. Then they were asked to name how many female inventors they could name, and no little girl could answer. See the video below.
The commercial got me thinking, how many female inventors have come up with pretty important inventions? Keep reading to get a little insight on the HERstory of the invention.
Melitta Bentz (1873-1950) Have you ever wondered who to thank when you’re getting your coffeemaker ready for your first cup of the day? Coffee beans have been made into beverages since the eleventh century, but a German housewife named Melitta Bentz updated brewing for the modern world. Amalie Auguste Melitta Liebscher(Bentz), was born January 31, 1873 in Dresden, Germany. At the turn of the 20th century, the usual method was to tie up the coffee grounds in a small cloth bag and place the bag into a pot of boiling water; the result was a bitter, gritty drink. Bentz came up with a new method. She put a piece of thick, absorbent paper into a brass pot with a few holes punched in it and poured the coffee through this two-part contraption, which trapped the grounds and allowed the filtered liquid to seep through and drip into a waiting cup. She received a patent for her coffee filter system in 1908 and founded a business that still exists today. http://www.biography.com/news/famous-women-inventors-biography http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melitta_Bentz #WomensHistorymonth #MelittaBentz #FemaleInventors #Coffeemaker #FemaleEntrepreneurs
You know that cup of joe you enjoy? Well, Melitta Bentz is who we could thank for the way we brew coffee today.
Madame CJ Walker
On this day in 1867, the first female self-made millionaire in America was born. #madamecjwalker #Wednesdayinspiration #blackhistory #themoreyouknow
Us curly-haired and textured-hair girls have Madame CJ Walker to thank for revolutionizing the way we relax our hair.
Katherine Burr Blodgett
We can thank Blodgett for the nifty little non-reflective glass we benefit from in our favorite glasses.
Ladies, what would our favorite hairstyles be if it weren’t for the curling iron? Theora Stephens is the intelligent woman who came up with the spiral iron.
Wondering what this is? It's the first version of Monopoly created by Elizabeth Magie Phillips in 1904! Women have played an important part in history. Their inventions and work live on today. WIB will be showing appreciation to these women as a part of our #WHM series. Stay tuned for fun facts, cool inventions and great quotes throughout this month 👭 Happy Women's History Month 💜 #baruchwib #womenshistorymonth #elizabethmagie #monopoly #thelandlordsgame
How many times have you fought with your siblings over a heated game of Monopoly? The game was originally called The Landlord’s Game, and Elizabeth Magie came up with it as a “critique of the injustices of unchecked capitalism.”
Overdue Birthday shout-out: celebrating Margaret E. Knight (February 14, 1838 – October 12, 1914), an American inventor. She has been called "the most famous 19th-century woman inventor." Knight was born in York, Maine - she went to school until she was twelve when she started to work in a cotton mill. In 1868, while living in Springfield, Massachusetts, Knight invented a machine that folded and glued paper to form the flat bottomed brown paper bags familiar to shoppers today. Knight built a wooden model of the device, but needed a working iron model to apply for a patent. Charles Annan, who was in the machine shop where Knight's iron model was being built, stole her design and patented the device. Knight filed a successful patent interference lawsuit and was awarded the patent in 1871. With a Massachusetts business man, Knight established the Eastern Paper Bag Co. and received royalties. Her many other inventions included a numbering machine, window frame and sash, patented in 1894, and several devices relating to rotary engines, patented between 1902 and 1915. Knight's original bag-making machine is in the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C. Knight is the holder of 87 U.S. patents and was inducted in the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2006. #igloowomenshistoryproject #celebratewomen #wikipedia #culture #culturalhistory #designhistory #womenindesign #womenshistory #history #inspiringwomen #manufacturing #inventors #margaretknight
Knight is attributed with the invention of the machine that cut, folded, and glued flat-bottomed paper shopping bags.
Ellen Ochoa became the first Chicana (Latina) in space in 1993 when she served as the sole female crew member of Discovery space shuttle. By 1999, with three missions behind her, Ochoa had logged 720 hours of space time. An accomplished engineer and scientist who has served at Mission Control for other shuttle flights, the native Californian also likes to speak to school groups and young audiences about her work at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Ochoa stresses that staying in school gives one many more career options, and though she herself had never considered becoming an astronaut as youngster, her educational background made it possible. "Getting to be an astronaut is tough for anybody," no matter what their background, it’s just a matter of working hard to have a very good education.” Ochoa was born 1958 in Los Angeles, but grew up in the San Diego area. Her Mexican heritage came to her through her father. #chicanismo #chicanisma #chicanapower #Chicano #Chicana #power #respect #love #respeto #raza #themoreyouknow #NASA #Discovery #mujerpower #space #astronaut #EllenOchoa
“She is a co-inventor on three patents for an optical inspection system, an optical object recognition method, and a method for noise removal in images”
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