Sometimes the expected result comes from an unexpected source. It is always rewarding to be pleasantly surprised and have your expectations met. Cinnabar is in the rewarding business and we enjoy building and strengthening new paths to boost your marketing and brand efforts. Here are some everyday inventions that were unexpectedly designed by women which helped change the world we are living in today. Here’s to expectations that reward.
Did you know?
THE FOLLOWING WERE INVENTED BY WOMEN:
is a Lightweight, high-tensile fibre that is five times stronger than steel. Used mainly in body-armour, a DuPont chemist Stephanie Kwolek accidentally invented it while trying to perfect a lighter fibre for car tires and earned a patent in 1966.
2. THE FOOT-PEDAL TRASH CAN
In the early 1900s Lillian Gilbreth designed the shelves inside refrigerator doors, made the can opener easier to use, and tidied up cleaning with a foot pedal trash can.
3. WINDSHIELD WIPERS
Mary Anderson invented the first manual windshield wipers in 1903. At first drivers thought it was safer to drive with rain and snow obscuring the road than to pull a lever to clear the windscreen. In 1917 Charlotte Bridgwood, invented an automatic version with an electric roller. Cadillac was the first car manufacturer to include them in every car model, and other companies soon followed.
4. THE DISHWASHER
Patented in 1886, the first dishwasher combined high water pressure, a wheel, a boiler, and a wire rack like the ones still used for dish drying. Inventor Josephine Cochrane never used it herself, but it made life easier for her servants.
5. THE CIRCULAR SAW
Tabitha Babbitt was a weaver who first suggested that lumber workers use a circular saw instead of the two-man pit saw that only cut when pulled forward. In 1813 she made a prototype and attached it to her spinning. Her Shaker community didn’t approve of filing a patent, but they all took full advantage of the invention.
In 1952, 3M chemist Patsy Sherman was surprised to see when some fluorochemical rubber spilled on a shoe and wouldn’t come off. This stain repelled water, oil, and other liquids. Sherman and her co-inventor Samuel Smith called it Scotchguard.