10 Of The Greatest Things That Women Ever Invented


Over the decades there have been countless women that have been inspired to come out with newly devised inventions.
Out of all the patents that female inventors applied for near the end of the 20th century, there were only about 10% that were awarded. There were various hurdles that women had to overcome in order to get credit for their very own ideas. This is why few names of women appear on creator lists for the most popular inventions of the past few hundred years. If you were to take the instance of Sybilla Masters for example, here was a lady that lived in the colonies of America. After she had been paying attention to the Native American women for a time, she created a new method for the way they were transforming corn into cornmeal. After she decided to acquire a patent for her work, she traveled to England with high hopes. Unfortunately because of the laws of the time, there was a stipulation that made it impossible for women to own property – whether it was physical property or intellectual – such as a patent. This type of property could only be owned by a woman’s husband or father. By 1715, Sybilla Masters was able to obtain a patent for her device, but only because she used her husband Thomas’ name to receive it.
Not only were women unable to get patents for their own inventions during these years, they also had reduced chances in getting a technical form of education that would aid them in taking innovative ideas and turning them into genuine products. There was a whole lot of disrespect and bias going around for women during the times when they searched for men to help make their ideas into a reality. There were several women that thought up fantastic ideas for household improvements, but their inventions would not come to fruition because they were addressed with horrible condemnation for being thought of as too home-based – making them undeserving of the proper compliments.
A woman named Mary Kies happened to be the first American female to earn her very own patent in her identity. During 1809 she was able to develop a method of weaving straw into hats that would turn out to be an incredible economical boom for the New England region. Little did Kies know that when she gladly gained possession of that patent slip of paper, she would be opening up the floodgates for women inventors to begin getting the credit they deserved for their own ideas. This article takes the time to recognize 10 great things that women were able to devise.

1. Circular Saw


There was a religious group that surfaced in the late 1700s and they were known as the Shakers. The Shakers were fond of valuing communal, celibate living which would have equal rights between both men and women and all would work hard. This Shaker community in Massachusetts had a woman named Tabitha Babbitt who worked as a weaver. By the time 1810 had arrived, she was able to come up with a means to significantly reduce the burdens of her brethren. She would regularly witness the men cutting the wood with a pit saw (a two-handled saw that needed two individuals to operate). Although the saw needed to be pulled in two directions to cut the wood, there was only cutting going on when the saw was being pulled in a forward direction – rendering the backward motion useless. For Babbitt, it was a pity for there to be so much wasted energy and so she eventually came out with her own draft of a saw that was circular in shape and would eventually be commonly used in saw mills. She attached the blade to her own spinning wheel in order to make every movement count toward cutting results. Babbitt would refrain from applying for a patent during this time however, due to the Shaker community precepts.