Here Are 16 Women Who Changed the World With Their Genius Inventions:

When we talk of inventors, the first people who come to mind are Albert Einstein and Thomas Edison. Naturally, most people assume that with the exception of Madame Marie Curie, most big inventors were all men. But many women have also contributed groundbreaking ideas to science, technology, and our daily lives. Here are 16 female inventors whose innovations, both large and small, have improved our world in various ways.

1. Adeline Dutton Train Whitney (1824 – 1906)

Invention: Alphabet Blocks.
Year: 1882.

2. Virginia Apgar (1909 – 1974)

Invention: Apgar tests, which evaluate a baby ’s health upon birth.
Year: 1952.

3. Ruth Wakefield (1903 – 1977)

Invention: Chocolate-chip cookies.
Year: 1930.

4. Tabitha Babbitt (1779 – about 1853)

Invention: Circular saw.
Year: 1813.

5. Josephine Cochran (1839 – 1913)

Invention: Dishwasher.
Year: 1886.

6. Marion Donovan (1917 – 1998)

Invention: Disposable diaper.
Year: 1951.

7. Ida Forbes.

Invention: Electric hot water heater.
Year: 1917.

8. Mary Walton (1827 – ?)

Invention: Elevated railway.
Year: 1881.

9. El Dorado Jones (1860 – 1932)

Invention: Engine muffler.
Year: 1923.

10. Anna Connelly (1858 – 1943)

Invention: Fire escape.
Year: 1887.

11. Sarah Boone (1832 – 1904)

Invention: Ironing board.
Year: 1892.

12. Stephanie Kwolek (1923 – 2014)

Invention: Kevlar, a steel-like fiber used in radial tires, crash helmets, and bulletproof vests.
Year: 1965.

13. Bette Nesmith Graham (1924 – 1980)

Invention: Liquid Paper®, a quick-drying liquid used to correct mistakes printed on paper.
Year: 1951.

14. Margaret Knight (1838 – 1914)

Invention: Paper-bag-making machine.
Year: 1871.

15. Florence Parpart.

Invention: Refrigerator.
Year: 1914.

16. Mary Anderson (1866 – 1953)

Invention: Windshield wiper.
Year: 1903.

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