As part of our bi-weekly BlogTalkRadio show, The View From Under The Bus, my cohosts and I do a Women’s Herstory segment. The first show in March, Women’s History Month, was a special one: We had a game show, during which we quizzed our brave contestants, testing their knowledge of womens’ accomplishments and contributions within all sectors of society. I learned so much from our show, and although I knew quite a few of the political and artistic women we profiled, I must admit that I would have gotten every question wrong regarding women inventors.
For example, did you know that a woman named Josephine Cochran invented the dishwasher in 1893, and founded the company that eventually became KitchenAid? Did you know that a woman named Mary Anderson invented the windshield wiper in 1903? Did you know that a woman named Stephanie Kwolek invented Kevlar, the fabric used in bulletproof vests, in 1966?
Well, I didn’t either, but now I do – and so do you!
Is there a special woman in your life, one whom you’d like to salute today? An inventor, a relative, a friend, a shero?
Let’s talk about them now, these women who invent and inspire; because really, where would we be without them?
Please share your stories in comments.
Cross-posted at Partizane