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Women In Science: 7 Things You Didn't Know Are Invented By Women

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Hedy Lamarr was known for her beauty and brains. Not only was she considered the most beautiful woman of her time but she also invented the predecessor of wireless technology.
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There is no doubt that women have become an integral part of science and technology. However, we do not really know how deep their contributions to science are in terms of inventions and discoveries. Here are seven more things that are invented by women.

Wireless Technology

Hedy Lamarr was perhaps the epitome of beauty and brains. Her beautiful looks made her a popular actress during her time. But her inquisitive mind simply wanted to discover and invent which led her to develop a frequency-hopping technology with George Anthell during World War II. The United States used it to prevent radio-controlled torpedoes from getting detected. She filed a patent for the technology in 1942 which became the predecessor of wireless technology.

Kevlar

We know Kevlar as the material used for bulletproof vests but we didn't know that a woman - Mary Dixon Kies - invented it in 1809. In fact, Kies was the first woman to receive a United States patent for developing a weaving process that combines straw and silk together.

Windshield Wipers

You have to thank Mary Anderson for getting frustrated of having to stop, fet out, and wipe the windshield many times when it's raining or snowing heavily. In order to solve this problem, she invented a wind shield cleaning device in 1903.

Circular Saw

The circular saw is seen as a man's tool but did you know that a woman invented it? If Mary Anderson's annoyance led her to invent the wind shield wiper, Tabitha Babbit, a Shaker, felt sorry for the men in the community sawing logs with too much difficulty. So she thought of a way how to make the process easier and faster and the circular saw was born.

Home Security System

In 1969, Marie Van Brittan Brown filed a patent with her husband Albert for a home security system with a camera. The system consisted of four peepholes and a motorized camera which can go up and down.

Mechanical Dishwasher

It seems like women invented something ingenious as a way to make everyday life easier. Mary Cochrane invented the first mechanical dishwasher in 1866 by placing her dishes in a compartment and attached it with mechanical wires that went straight to the boilers.

Coffee Filter

If you enjoy your brewed coffee, you have to thank Melitta Bentz, a German entrepreneur who invented the first paper coffee filter in 1908. Why did she invent it? That's because she found the coffee grounds troublesome when she drank her coffee.

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