Nine things you didn't know were invented by women

If you’ve ever asked about the most famous inventors in history, you’ll hear the names such as Thomas Edison who invented the lamp, or Alexander Graham Bell who invented the telephone.

But did you know that there are around 9 important inventions that we use till today who were invented by women?

1. Computer software - Grace Hopper



Grace Murray Hopper was assigned to work on a new computer, called the Mark1, after joining the US Navy during the Second World War. She was behind the compiler, which could translate instructions into codes that computers could read, and made programming quicker. She popularized the term "de-bugging" that we still use in computers programs today.


2. Caller ID and Call waiting – Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson



Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson is an American theoretical physicist. She is also the first African-American woman to gain a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the first African-American woman to lead a top-ranked research university.

Her research allowed for the invention of caller ID and call waiting. She also opened the way for others to invent portable fax, fiber optic cables, and solar cells.


3. Windscreen wiper - Mary Anderson



Did you know that the Windscreen wiper, the essential part of each car, was invented by a woman?

When Mary Anderson invented the wiper for cars, the invention proved unsuccessful because they believed it would distract drivers. Mary Anderson was never profited for her invention even though wipers became a standard part to cars.


4. Space station batteries - Olga D Gonzalez-Sanabria




Olga D Gonzalez-Sanabria is now a director of engineering at NASA’s Glenn Research Centre. She developed technology that helped create the long cycle-life nickel-hydrogen battery that has helped power the International Space Station in the 1980s.


6. Dishwasher - Josephine Cochrane



The invention that all women love today is the dishwasher. Thanks to Josephine Cochrane, who saved much of the time and efforts of many people by inventing the first automatic dishwasher to use water pressure in 1886.


6. Home security system - Marie Van Brittan Brown


Marie Van Brittan Brown has worked as a nurse. She was often home alone and wanted an idea that would make her feel safer. In 1960 with her husband's help, they developed the first home security system.

The device was complicated, with a camera powered by a motor that moved up and down the door to look through a peephole with an alarm button.


7. Stem cell isolation - Ann Tsukamoto


Ann Tsukamoto was an American stem cell researcher and inventor. She understood the blood systems of cancer patients, which could lead to a cure for the disease. Her patent was awarded in 1991.


8. Kevlar - Stephanie Kwolek




Stephanie Kwolek is a chemist who invented the lightweight fiber used in bullet-proof vests and body armor.

The material, which is five times stronger than steel, is used in objects such as household gloves and mobile phones to airplanes and suspension bridges.


9. Monopoly - Elizabeth Magie



A man named Charles Darrow is often credited with creating the most popular board game in history, but the rules were in fact invented by Elizabeth Magie.

The first known name in the most popular board game in history, Monopoly, goes back to Charles Darrow. However, the rules were invented by Elizabeth Magie who wanted to demonstrate the problems with capitalism with an innovative game. She patented in 1904.

In 1935, the game of Monopoly that we know today was published by the Parker Brothers, who discovered that Darrow was not the sole creator and had, for just $500, bought Magie's patent and, well, monopolized the game.

These are some examples of the women over the history that shows the important role of women in society. Can you think of any more?