So we all know that it's no secret that girls run the world, but this International Women's Day we wanted to look at some of the amazing (and unexpected) things that strong, inspirational women have created over the years. From playing a part in making sure we're well equipped for a global pandemic to keeping us warm and making sure our food stays cold, check out these 10 things created by 10 real life super women.
Back in 1966, a student nurse named Lupe Hernandez first dreamed up the idea of hand sanitiser. Hernandez realised alcohol delivered through a gel could clean hands in a situation where there was no access to soap and warm water. What a woman!
Known as one half of the husband and wife duo who helped change the world. Dr. Özlem Türeci is known as the brains behind the covid vaccine - which is now giving hope for a better future to people all over the world. Oh and did we mention Katalin Karikó’s mRNA research helped pave way for Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna’s successful work too!
With the creator of the steamboat as her grandfather, it was inevitable that Josephine Cochran was set for greatness with engineering in her blood. When all that expensive crockery kept getting broken by her servants, there was only one thing for it – invent a machine to do it better. And so, in 1886, the dishwasher was officially born.
Although often forgotten when getting the credit for everyone's favourite classic board game, in 1903, feminist Lizzy Magie patented the board game that we now know as Monopoly. Her place in the game’s history was pushed aside after her game was stolen by Charles Darrow who sold it to Parker Brother's 30 years later. A lawsuit later proved that Elizabeth J. Magie appears to have created the game at least 20 years before Charles' patent, you go girl!
An important creation for all of us during those chilly winter months, when you turn on your heating on to keep warm, you have a black woman to thank. After enduring cold northeastern winters, Alice Parker filed a patent in 1919 for the first central heating system using natural gas.
Another fabulous female, Florence Parpart invented the modern electric refrigerator in 1914. Oh and Florence also invented an improved street cleaning machine in addition to the refrigerator too.
In 1966, Marie Van Brittan Brown and her husband invented the world’s first Home Security System. The patent was granted in 1969 under the name “Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) Security System.”
Yes, beer was invented by women! And not only are they responsible for the discovery, but have also been crucial part of the way we brew beer the way we do today. A little more than 7,000 years ago, beer brewing began its development in Mesopotamia, and to no surprise it was women putting the graft in to mix the grains of cereal with water and herbs. They cooked them, and from that intuitive mixture driven by the need for nutrition came a brew that fermented in a unexpected manner. So next time you crack open a bottle, you've got a woman to thank for that!
The woman responsible for the fibres that created the Kevlar (an incredibly strong material that continues to push the limits of possible.) Stephanie Kwolek was the genius behind developing a thin strand of polymers that could stop bullets in their tracks. Oh and not forgetting that she laid the groundwork for Nomex, the flame-resistant material used in firefighters’ suits and was also involved in the development of spandex (Lycra) too! No big deal...
Ending on one of the most important creations of all, Ruth Wakefield developed the original recipe for chocolate chip cookies in the late 1930s. The delicious mix of crispy cookie and melted chocolate chunks first appeared in her 1938 cookbook “Tried and True,” and was initially intended to accompany ice cream! Yum.