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Tuesday, March 7, 2023

Positively Women

 by Mauverneen

I have one of these in my basement!

March is Women's History Month. I've been reading a bit here and there about a few women who broke barriers, or who accomplished things only men were expected to do. Some names we are familiar with - Marie Curie, Sacagawea, Clara Barton, Rosa Parks, Amelia Earhart, Jane Goodall, Susan B. Anthony... it's a long list. But there are so many others whose names we aren't familiar with. Like Effie Hotchkiss, who in 1915 made a trip from Brooklyn to San Francisco to see the Pan Pacific Exhibition - on her motorcycle, with her mother in the sidecar. 9,000 miles round trip. In 1888 Bertha Benz made the first 'road trip' in her husband's car. She took here two sons with her to go visit her mother, who lived 65 miles away, making several ingenious repairs to the car when it broke down along the way. Hedy Lamarr, a famous actress, was also an engineer.

A woman invented Kevlar, a woman invented the dishwasher (of course!), a woman invented windshield wipers, a woman invented the chocolate chip cookie, a woman invented the inflatable life raft. A woman invented Scotchgard, a woman invented the paper coffee brewing system, a woman invented the wringer, a woman is said to have invented the circular saw - and false teeth! 

There may be women in your own family who have in some way changed the world - or at least changed your world. It's a positively good thing to celebrate. 

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