If someone asked you to name a famous inventor, chances are high your mind would immediately go to Thomas Edison or Alexander Graham Bell. Most people associate the greatest and most influential inventors throughout history with men, but there are some incredibly awesome things you probably didn’t know where invented by women. Check it out:
Windshield Wipers: Thanks to Mary Anderson we can drive around in the pouring rain! She came up with the idea in 1903 during a road trip from Alabama to NYC. She kept noticing people pulling over to clear snow, rain, ice and moisture from their windshields and she knew there had to be a better way.
Monopoly: One of the most beloved board games, ever, was created by a woman. Elizabeth Magie invented the game in 1903 and it was originally called the Landlord’s Game.
Beer: Well, technically, there isn’t an exact person who can be credited with the invention of beer ... but history has shown that for thousands of years, back in Mesopotamian times, women were the only people allowed to brew the drink that was considered a gift of the goddesses! Who said beer is a man’s drink?!
The Fire Escape: A lot of lives have been saved thanks to Anna Connelly’s invention in 1897.
Kevlar: Yep, the stuff they make bullet proof vests out of was invented by Stephanie Kwolek. She didn't just invent Kevlar. She secured 28 patents during her 40-year career with DuPont and was even inducted into the Inventors' Hall of Fame.
Chocolate Chip Cookies: The king of all cookies was created by Ruth Wakefield in 1930. She owned an inn called the Tollhouse Inn with her husband, and she used to bake cookies for the lodgers. One day she realized that she was out of baker's chocolate. She broke up pieces of a Nestle semi-sweet chocolate bar, thinking that the chocolate would mix in and melt during baking ... but it didn't. And the most awesome cookie was born! (Huffington Post)