Because March is women’s history month, it is only right to continue to honor women in these STEM articles. Today I will present to you 5 amazing inventions made by women in STEM fields. Keep in mind that when most of these inventions were made, a majority of women didn’t even have an education. This just goes to show how hard these women had to work to overcome the burdens of a sexist society.
- Circular Saw
The circular saw was invented by a weaver named Tabitha Babbitt in 1812, when she attached a rotating saw blade to a handle. This is actually quite ironic because both back then and in today’s society these saws are almost always used by men. I would have never guessed that such a “masculine” tool had a female inventor.
The aquarium was invented by a naturalist named Jeanne Villepreux-Power in 1832. She was trying to study marine life for long periods of time without actually having to scuba dive or go underwater. She put together a few glass panes and made the world’s first aquarium.
- Ice cream machine
The ice cream maker was created by an American woman named nancy johnson. She created a machine that can freeze two flavors of ice cream separately at the same time! This was back in 1843 when freezers and refrigerators even existed, so ice cream was, naturally, quite expensive. She was able to create a total game-changer that greatly popularized ice cream.
The dishwasher was invented by a woman named Josephine Cochrane in 1872. Although other models were present back then, none of them actually worked very well to clean the dishes. They all used scrubbers and often damaged plates. Her new water pressure mechanism was the first of its kind, and eventually evolved to be the dishwashers we know today.
The globe was invented by Ellen Fritz in 1875 when she created a mount that can not only show the surface of the earth, but also its rotation, tilt, and its rotation in relation to the sun.
Although my list ends here, the inventions do not. Hundreds of things use in everyday life are invented by women. Such as the ironing board, life raft, fire escape, car heater, medical syringe, windshield wiper… The list can go on and on. Women have made a very big difference in society despite being oppressed, and it’s the least we can do to dedicate a month to honor them.