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Top 10 things that women invented

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Necessity may be the mother invention, but many inventors are also mothers. By the end of the 20th century, female inventors held 10 percent of all patents — a disparity indicating the hurdles women faced in receiving credit for their ideas.

Mary Kies was the first American woman to earn a patent in her own name. In 1809, she developed a way of weaving straw into hats that was an economic boon for New England. By receiving that piece of paper with her name on it, Kies led the way for other female inventors to take credit for their ideas. In this article, we’ll salute things invented by women.

  • Circular Saw
  • Colored Flare System
  • Kevlar

Full list at HowStuffWorks.com.

Total aggregation of HowStuffWorks.com.

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