TO LEARN MORE
ON THE BOOKSHELF:
A is for Abigail: An Almanac of Amazing American Women
by Lynne Cheney / Hardcover: 48 pages / Simon & Schuster Children's
Publishing (2003) / Ages 4+
Snippets of information about each featured woman give a taste;
ideally, readers will seek more in-depth biographies about the
historical figures who pique their interests.
Book for Women Who Invent or Want to
by Elizabeth Wallace / Paperback (December 1998) / Women Inventors Project
Each chapter of this 100-plus page manual starts out with the personal experiences of one
successful inventor/entrepreneur. This book is a MUST for all creative people with great
ideas, but just don't know where to begin.
Feminine Ingenuity: Women and Invention in America
by Anne L. MacDonald / Paperback - 540 pages (March 1994) / Ballantine Books (Trd Pap);
Chronicles women's patented inventions, beginning with the first patent obtained by a
woman (in 1809). Discusses some of the economic, political, and social obstacles, and sets
the women and their inventions in historical context.
Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women
by Catherine Thimmesh, Melissa Sweet (ill.) / Hardcover - 64 pages (2000) / Houghton
A dozen women are profiled in this collection of short, anecdotal biographies
demonstrating that necessity, ingenuity, and luck all play a part in successful
inventions. The final section tells girls how to patent their inventions, and an informed
Want to Know
by The Women Inventors Project / Spiral-bound (January 1990) / Women Inventors Project
This manual takes you step by step through each stage of product development from
conception to market stage. A unique feature of this guide is the anecdotal profiles of
successful women inventors and entrepreneurs.
Knight: Girl Inventor
by Marlene Targ Brill, Joanne Friar / Library Binding - 32 pages (October 2001) /
Knight was interested in how things worked and in building and inventing. This picture
book tells the story of how she came up with the idea to make a safer loom at age 12. Like
many children of the 1800s, Mattie worked in a textile mill. She was greatly troubled by
the many accidents and even deaths caused by the shuttle or "kiss of death."
After several attempts, she designed a stop-motion gadget that changed weaving machines
Mothers and Daughters of Invention: Notes for a Revised History of
by Autumn Stanley / Paperback: 708 pages / Rutgers University Press
(October 1, 1995)
women's inventions in five vital areas of technology
worldwide--agriculture, medicine, reproduction, machines, and
computers. ...an exceptional tribute to women inventors and
innovators.....full of biographical, historical, and technical
Women in Science: Their Lives, Struggles and Momentous Discoveries
by Sharon Bertsch McGrayne / Paperback: 451 pages / Joseph Henry Press; (February 2001)
Explores the reason for the disparity in the number of male and female Nobel Prize
recipients by examining the lives and achievements of 15 women scientists who either won a
Nobel Prize or played a crucial role in a Nobel Prize-winning project.
by Ethlie Ann Vare, Greg Ptacek / Hardcover - 240 pages (November 9, 2001)
/ John Wiley & Sons
Patently Female will reveal the stories behind
remarkable innovations, and introduce you to the even more remarkable women who made them.
Invent: Two Centuries of Discoveries That Have Shaped Our World
by Susan Casey /Paperback
- 144 pages (October 1997) / Chicago Review Press
These inspiring stories of women inventors take the
reader on a step-by-step journey through the process of inventing.
ON THE SCREEN:
Mothers of Invention
DVD / 1 Volume Set / 50 Minutes / Biography Channel / Less than $25.00
Women inventors are still outpaced by their male counterparts, but the
number and impact of these innovators is growing, and they stand on the
shoulders of the trailblazers whose stories are told here. Hear their
stories of discovery and find out why so many of their inventions went
without credit. ncludes extensive interviews with some of today's most
successful inventors.Open the patent files to examine the
accomplishments of female inventors
History of Women's Achievement in America
DVD / PBS / 240 min on 4 discs / Item no:
HWAC400 / Less than $129.99
As adventurers, educators, artists, and freedom fighters, women have played an
essential role in the shaping of the United States for 400 years. Celebrate the
inspiring accomplishments and victories of American women in every arena of
American life. From the earliest pioneers to the intellectual giants of the 20th
century, the poets to the prominent social reformers, learn about the women at
the forefront of American achievement and progress.
ON THE WEB:
Distinguished Women of Past and Present : Invention
Created by Danuta Bois, this website provides a directory of
websites and some brief biographies of famous women inventors.
Women Inventors - A Sampling of Women Inventors and Their Inventions
Exploring the History of Women Inventors
So historians have given us a picture of women inventors in the 19th century
as a group that
faced and often overcame significant hurdles to achieve their goals.Compiled
by the Smithsonian.
Learn about women inventors inventing in traditionally male fields and why women are a
minority of patent holders and how that is rapidly changing. Lots of COOKIES at this site.
Women Inventors: Exploring the Contributions of 20th Century Women
Throughout the 20th century, and now into the 21st, famous women
inventors have played a vital role in the world of innovation. In
fact, women have become increasingly prevalent in the field and are
responsible for many momentous advances.
Female Frontiers is a Sharing NASA project. These online resources are provided by NASA's
Quest team located at the NASA Ames Research Center. The Quest Project, NASA's K-12
Internet Initiative, is supported by the NASA Learning Technologies Project (formerly
IITA) of NASA's Office of High Performance Computing and Communications.
This is the award-winning nonprofit e-mentoring network that
addresses the retention and success of women in engineering, science
and mathematics. Founded in 1997, MentorNet provides highly
motivated proteges from many of the world's top colleges and
universities with positive, one-on-one, email-based mentoring
relationships with mentors from industry and academia.
Mothers of Invention
Although most inventors today are scientists or engineers, neither
profession is a prerequisite. Actresses, housewives, beauticians --
even an English noble -- have made outstanding innovations. Although
hundreds of important women could be mentioned, here is a brief look
at a few ingenious women and the stories behind their inventions.
National Women's Hall of Fame
The Hall is a shrine to some of the greatest women in the history of
this country and a tribute that grows annually with each induction
ceremony as we learn to appreciate more about the wonderful
contributions that women make to our civilization
Patents Held By Women
A brief listing. Having contributed to the industrial development of
the nation, women hold patents in a wide range of fields. Listed
below are some of the patents held by women inventors in the United
States. From the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
This article on woman inventors is part of a patent manual written by Fred Dieterich in
1899. The interesting point here is not that it is surprising to see a piece written today
about women inventors, but that when the article below was written it was 1899 and women
didn't yet have the "right" to vote.
Sybilla Masters is often called the first woman inventor in the
American colonies. In 1715, the English courts awarded a
patent--albeit, to her husband Thomas--for a method of making
cornmeal from maize--"a new invention," the patent clearly stated,
"found out by Sybilla his wife." Still, by 1910, inventions by
women accounted for less than 1% of all patents issued in the United
States. From the "Lady Edison's" by J.E. Bedi for the
Presented to the Society of Women Engineers, Huntsville chapter, on
March 4, 1999, for Women's History Month.by Susan Davis Herring
Because female inventors are under-recognized for their
accomplishments, we are featuring biographical sketches of these
famous women including what they invented, how they conceived the
idea and what developments have taken place since the original