The week before Christmas, my wife and I were over enjoying a pre-Christmas celebration with the in-laws before they jetted off to Mexico to spend holidays basking in some warm weather. A couple of us guys commented on the Roomba vacuum cleaner that my sister-in-law has. If you’re not familiar with the Roomba, it’s a vacuum that you let loose on your floor and it does all the work while you doing something else. I said, “A guy had to invent that.” If it’s something that can make someone do less work than they have to, it’s a pretty safe bet that some guy came up with the idea.
Boy, was I wrong. Watching the original “Star Wars” movie as a mathematically inclined 11-year-old, Helen Greiner dreamed of someday creating a robot like the heroic R2-D2. That, my friends, turned into the Roomba and made little miss Grenier a millionaire many times over. Millions have been sold.
I decided to check some other inventions that would seem to have a man’s handprint all over them, but were actually invented by women. Here we go.
Kevlar, the product 5 times stronger than steel and used in bulletproof vests, was invented by Stephanie Kwolek in 1966! She was trying to perfect a lighter fiber for car tires. How to go Steph!
Mary Anderson invented the first manual windshield wipers in 1903. She was probably tired of listening to her husband harp on about how tough it was to stay on the road when it was raining. How to go Mary! That’ll shut him up!
Other great inventions that you just had to think were invented by men were the circular saw, the submarine telescope and lamp, the syringe, Monopoly, and a whole lot more.
Some of the greatest inventions that changed the world were invented by wonderfully smart women.
So ladies, if you don’t hear it enough from us guys, thank you!