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Mothers of Invention: From the Bra to the Bomb: Forgotten Women and Their Unforgettable Ideas
A collection of people, trivia, talent, and history, this book presents the stories of many remarkable women who did not let the odds stop them from tinkering with the way things were and coming up with something better. 12 photos.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published May 1st 1989 by Quill
(first published 1988)
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Great little book that covers a ton of female inventors with short (1-3 page) summaries of their life, invention, and its implications. Starts in antiquity and continues through the Cold War with discoveries classified by type except for the last section that focuses on famous and forgotten female inventors. A definite must-read for anyone interested in the wealth of female achievement in the STEM fields.
Fascinating. So many women are missing from the history books! One profile that stood out to me was Hattie Elizabeth Alexander. I survived meningitis when I was a kid thanks in part to her! She developed an antibody in the 1930s, which dropped the number of kids who died from meningitis by 80%!