Moving day is here. Or rather, the first of two moving days is here. Today’s removalists take some things back to Sydney. Tomorrow’s movers take everything back to a storage facility. After a few day’s with my parents, I’ll head back to Sydney in time for the long weekend – and a perfect way to get over jet lag.
With limited time to write original posts, here’s some links in the meantime to some interesting posts. Today, the Top 25 Things Invented by Women. The order is a bit dodgy. It’s an anonymous post, but given that the author says the top inventions by women were a curling iron, chocolate chip cookies and a girdle, it sounds like the writer is either Phyllis Schlafly or we can thank Spanx’s PR team for the product placement.
But once you get further into the list, the inventions are as universal as they are remarkable: Admiral Dr. Grace Murray Hopper with the modern computer, Mary Anderson with the windscreen wiper, Tabitha Babbitt with the circular saw, Stephanie Kwolek with the bullet-proof vest, Alice Parker with the gas furnace, Dr. Maria Telkes with the home solar heating system, and Patsy Sherman with Scotchgard. There’s even a touch of Hollywood, mentioning 1940s actress Hedy Lamarr who developed a radio frequency pattern to prevent classified messages from being intercepted by the enemy during World War II.
The original post has been up and down, so I’ve copied the original list below, and added an article “19 Things You Might Not Know Were Invented by Women,” and an entire website devoted to Women Inventors.
#25 Josephine Cochrane: The Dishwasher
#24 Mary Phelps Jacob: The Modern Brassiere
#23 Grace Hopper: BM-Harvard Mark 1
#22 Mary Anderson: The Windshield Wiper
#21 Hedy Lamarr: Secret Communications System
#20 Margaret Knight: The “Queen” of Paper Bags
#19 Tabitha Babbitt: The Circular Saw
#18 Stephanie Kwolek: Bullet Proof Vests
#17 12-year-old Rachel Zimmerman: The Blissymbol Printer
#16 Bette Nesmith Graham: Liquid Paper
#15 Alice H. Parker: The Gas Heating Furnance
#14 Sarah E. Goode: The Foldaway Bed (the first African-American woman to hold a U.S. patent)
#13 Martha Coston: Colored Signal Flares
#12 Dr. Ellen Ochoa: Optical Analysis Systems
#11 Dr. Maria Telkes: Home Solar Heating System
#10 Patricia Bath, M.D.: Laser Cataract Surgery Device
#9 Ann Moore: The Snugli® Baby Carrier
#8 Lyda Newman: Improved Hairbrush
#7 Patsy Sherman: Scotchgard™ Stain Repellent
#6 Marion Donovan: Disposable Diapers
#5 Ruth Wakefield: Toll House Chocolate Cookies
#4 Barbara Askins: New Film Development
#3 Theora Stephens: Curling Hair Iron
#2 Marjorie Joyner: Permanent Hair-Wave Machine
#1 Sara Blakely: Spanx Undergarment