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5 Major Inventions You Probably Didn’t Know Women Invented

Although women can be often overlooked in fields such as engineering, science, and technology, many women are responsible for inventing technology all of us use today. Here are five women, along with their incredible inventions, who are responsible for making the world a better, more functional place. Thank you, ladies.

Software We All Use Today

Dr. Grace Murray Hopper is responsible for an invention that has changed each and every one of our lives – computer software. In the 1950s, Dr. Hopper created the first user-friendly business computer software program. Then, in 1969, she was the first person to ever be awarded the Computer Science Man of the Year Award.

The Amazing Stem Cell

In 1991, Ann Tsukamoto was one of the two people who received a patent for isolating the human stem cell. This research is incredibly important, as Tsukamoto’s invention has led to advancements in understanding blood systems and disorders such as cancer. Stem cell research may even lead to a cure for cancer one day.

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Stronger Than Steel

This next piece of technology invented by a woman is responsible for saving lives. In 1964, Stephanie Kwolek invented an amazing material known as Kevlar. This material is completely heat resistant and five times stronger than steel. Today, Kevlar has several applications ranging from bulletproof vests and bicycle tires to drum heads and military helmets.

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The Necessary Windshield Wiper

Mary Anderson is responsible for inventing something most of us take for granted– the windshield wiper. In 1903, Anderson noticed people would have to get all the way out of their cars to clear snow and ice off their car windshields. She decided to take matters into her own hands by inventing a rubber-blade equipped arm that could be activated from the inside of the vehicle.

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Delicious Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yes, chocolate chip cookies are a major invention. In 1930, Ruth Wakefield hit the jackpot. When she was making cookies for her guests at the Toll House Inn, she realized she was out of baker’s chocolate. Instead, she broke up pieces of semi-sweet chocolate, thinking the chocolate would mix together with the cookie batter and melt while baking. Boy, was she wrong. Now we have a delectable treat to thank her for.

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