Around the world and across history, innovative women have imagined, developed, tested, and perfected their creations, and yet most of us would be hard-pressed to name a single woman inventor. Let’s change that. Scroll below and see the remarkable women whose breakthroughs have advanced technology and the ease of our day-to-day lives.
Any time you type a command on your computer, you can thank programming pioneer Grace Hopper! The mathematician and US Navy reserve officer began her computer science career when all programs were written in numerical code. Seeing this, she went on to invent the first compiler in 1952, essentially teaching computers to "talk."
Beaulah Louise Henry
Beaulah received her first patent at the age of 25 for a vacuum-sealed ice cream freezer. But she didn't stop there! Her numerous inventions included improvements to sewing machines, typewriters, cash registers, umbrellas, dolls, and toys. When asked why she created so many inventions: "I invent," she said, "because I cannot help it."
Dr. Shirley Jackson
Dr. Shirley Jackson, a theoretical physicist, was the first-ever Black woman to earn a Ph. D. in 1973 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research allowed others to design and develop the touch-tone telephone, portable fax, fiber optic cables, solar cells, and the technology behind caller ID. Imagine all those vital details you would have missed if Jackson hadn’t made such a fantastic discovery!