Women's History Month

Women Inventors

Women's History Month

A partial list of the many ingenious inventions by women.

Battery containerNancy Perkins1986
BeehiveThiphena Hornbrook1861
Canister vacuumNancy Perkins1987
Car heaterMargaret Wilcox1893
Circular sawTabitha Babbit1812
Computer programAugusta Ada Byron1842
Cooking stoveElizabeth Hawk1867
Dam and reservoir constructionHarriet Strong1887
Direct and return mailing envelopeBeulah Henry1962
DishwasherJosephine Cochran1872
Drinking fountain deviceLaurene O'Donnell1985
Electric hot water heaterIda Forbes1917
Elevated railwayMary Walton1881
Engine mufflerEl Dorado Jones1917
Feedback control for data processingErna Hoover1971
Fire escapeAnna Connelly1887
GlobesEllen Fitz1875
Grain storage binLizzie Dickelman1920
Improved locomotive wheelsMary Jane Montgomery1864
Improvement in dredging machinesEmily Tassey1876
Improvement in stone pavementsEmily Gross1877
Kevlar, a steel-like fiber used in radial tires, crash helmets, and bulletproof vestsStephanie Kwolek1966
Life raftMaria Beaseley1882
Liquid Paper correction fluidBette Nesmith Graham1956
Locomotive chimneyMary Walton1879
Medical syringeLetitia Geer1899
Mop-wringer pailEliza Wood1889
Oil burnerAmanda Jones1880
Permanent wave for the hairMarjorie Joyner1928
Portable screen summer houseNettie Rood1882
RefrigeratorFlorence Parpart1914
Rolling pinCatherine Deiner1891
Rotary engineMargaret Knight1904
Safety device for elevatorsHarriet Tracy1892
Street cleaning machineFlorence Parpart1900
Submarine lamp and telescopeSara Mather1870
SuspendersLaura Cooney1896
Washing machineMargaret Colvin1871
Windshield wiperMary Anderson1903
Zigzag sewing machineHelen Blanchard1873



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