Idea Design Studio salutes women inventors throughout history. Here are a few favorite inventions that were created by women. You may be surprised to learn about some of the origins of these popular items.
1. Circular Saw – In 1810, Tabitha Babbitt, a member of the Shaker community in Massachusetts, created new way to cut wood. Instead of the pit saw, which required two people, the circular saw only needed one. Babbitt never applied for a patent, due to her religious beliefs.
2. Chocolate Chip Cookies – Ruth Wakefiled, a dietitian and food lecturer, stumbled across the time-tested recipe in 1930. Wakefield and her husband had purchased an old toll house outside of Boston. She used a Nestle chocolate bar, and later Nestle began selling Toll House Real Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels with Wakefield’s recipe on the back.
3. Liquid Paper – Bette Nesmith Graham was the executive secretary of the Texas Bank and Trust when the electric typewriter was introduced. As secretaries were having to retype entire pages due to one error, Graham realized there was a problem. Using paint as inspiration, she mixed up a water-based paint with dye that matched the stationary. She was then able to fix mistakes quickly. Later fired for spending too much time focusing on the product, she received a patent in 1958 for the product.
4. Square-bottomed paper bags – The original paper bag was pretty useless, it was shaped like an envelope and didn’t have much space. Margaret Knight fixed that and added a square bottom, allowing more things to be carried when evenly distributing weight. In 1870 she created a machine to cut, fold, and glue the bottoms to bags. She had to fight for her patent, but was granted it in 1871. She was awarded more than 20 patents.
Women have proven extremely creative throughout history and many things we use every day can be attributed to women inventors. Idea Design Studio is excited to help each and every inventor take their creation to completion.