June 2nd, 2009 at 2:41 am
...Sonja, name ten major inventions by women from the last 10,000 years. The woman's innovation ought to be independent of her husbands initial work. I'll give you a start: Kevlar, Liquid Paper, windshield wiper, ....
Randi Altschul - Virgie Ammons - Betsy Ancker-Johnson - Mary Anderson - Virginia Apgar - Barbara Askins - Patricia E. Bath - Miriam E. Benjamin - Patricia Billings - Katherine Blodgett - Bessie Blount - Sarah Boone - Rachel Fuller Brown - Josephine Garis Cochran - Martha J. Coston - Dianne Croteau - Marie Curie - Marion Donovan - Gertrude Belle Elion - Edith Flanigen - Helen Free - Sally Fox - Frances Gabe - Lillian Gilbreth - Sarah E. Goode - Bette Nesmith Graham - Temple Grandin - KK Gregory - Ruth Handler - Joycelyn Harrison - Elizabeth Lee Hazen - Beulah Henry - Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin - Krisztina Holly - Erna Schneider Hoover - Grace Hopper - Mary Phelps Jacob - Amanda Theodosia Jones - Marjorie Stewart Joyner - Anna Keichline - Mary Kies - Gabriele Knecht - Margaret Knight - Stephanie Louise Kwolek - Hedy Lamarr - Ada Lovelace - Sybilla Masters - Ann Moore - Krysta Morlan - Lyda Newman - Julie Newmar - Ellen Ochoa - Alice H Parker - Betty Rozier - Valerie Thomas - Ann Tsukamoto - Harriet Tubman - Lisa Vallino - Madame Walker - Mary Walton - Carol Wior
Need I say anything more? And I could add this as well
In 1809, Mary Dixon Kies received the first U. S. patent issued to a woman. Kies, a Connecticut native, invented a process for weaving straw with silk or thread. First Lady Dolley Madison praised her for boosting the nation’s hat industry. Unfortunately, the patent file was destroyed in the great Patent Office fire in 1836.
Until about 1840, only 20 other U.S. patents were issued to women. The inventions related to apparel, tools, cook stoves, and fire places. Patents are the proof of "ownership" of an invention and only the inventor(s) can apply for a patent. In the past, women were not allowed equal rights of property ownership (patents are a form of intellectual property) and many women patented their inventions under their husband's or father's names. In the past, women were also prevented from receiving the higher education necessary for inventing. (Unfortunately, some countries in the world today still deny women equal rights and an equal education.)
We will never know all the women who deserve credit for their creative labor, as the Patent and Trademark Office does not require gender, racial, or ethnic identification in patent or trademark applications. Through diligent research and a few educated guesses, we can identify trends in patenting by women. Here are a few highlights of recent statistical analysis to ponder, to celebrate, and to give reason to encourage girls and women to pursue science-, math-, and technology-based courses and careers.
The women inventor patent share of annually granted U.S. origin patents rose from 2.6 percent in 1977 to 10.3 percent in 1998. The majority of the U.S. origin woman-inventor patents are in the chemical technologies. In 1996, 11.2 percent of the U.S. origin patent grants which were owned by the Federal Government at the time of grant included a woman inventor. In the past 20 years, about 83 percent of the U.S. origin patent grants to women were for utility patents, 16.5 percent for design patents, and 0.5 for plant patents. About 35 percent of the U.S. origin women inventors patents granted during the 1977 to 1996 period originated from California, New York, or New Jersey.
Today, hundreds of thousands of women apply for and receive a patent every year. So the real answer to the question "how many women inventors are there?" is more than you can count and growing. About 20% of all inventors are currently female and that number should quickly rise to 50% over the next generation.
Stick that in your pipe, pat, and smoke it. Might be better than what you are smoking right now. Who knows maybe you will actually see how loony you sound and come around. But I digress, I know this is not possible with all that koolaid you drink. And of course your answer will be - well they didn;t invent anything that really means anything. Everything makes the world go around. There is nothing too little or not enough to not mean something. But you hate women so we mean nothing to you, like many of your brothers.