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Hedy Lamarr To Alice H Parker: Women Made Inventions That Changed Our Lives

Women have been credited with many important innovations throughout history. From a central heating system to wireless transmission technology that further paved the way for the invention of WiFi, there are many things for which you must thank a woman. Every year, on March 8, we celebrate women and dedicate a day to them. This year, the theme for Women’s Day is #Breakthebias which is an attempt to challenge misconceptions and stereotypes and working towards a world that is more gender-equal.

On the occasion of International Women’s Day 2022, let’s revisit some inventions by women who changed our lives forever. 

Alice H. ParkerAlice H. Parker is the reason that you feel protected against the winter cold in the area that is ce… Read MoreAlice H. Parker is the reason that you feel protected against the winter cold in the area that is centrally heated. In 1919, Parker came up with a gas furnace that utilised air ducts controlled individually to warm up a building. The model needed some work when it came to regulation of heat but Parker’s invention served as the foundation for the modern-day central heating systems. She died at the age of 25 but will always be remembered for her invention.Read LessShirley Ann JacksonIn the 1970’s, Shirley Ann Jackson, an award-winning theoretical physicist, contributed to the field of telecommunications. Due to her contributions, numerous technologies were invented including the caller ID and call-waiting. Hedy LamarrA gorgeous actress who helped the military during the World War II. Hedy Lamarr is credited with creating a communication system that could guide soldiers without being detected. Hedy’s invention paved the way for the modern day WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS. Elizabeth MagieThe popular board game Monopoly has its origins in the mind of a woman. Elizabeth Magie, in 1904, came up with a game called ‘The Landlord’s Game’ as a way of demonstrating the dangers of unchecked capitalism. 30 years later, a man patented the Monopoly, which was similar to Magie’s board game. Letitia Geer
The modern-day medical syringe that is so easy to administer was the brainchild of Letitia Geer. In … Read MoreThe modern-day medical syringe that is so easy to administer was the brainchild of Letitia Geer. In 1899, she patented the one-handed syringe and changed the fate of health care forever. Before this, medical professionals used syringes that required both hands to give injections.Read LessJosephine CochranThe next time you use a dishwasher, remember that it took a woman’s mind to solve this everyday problem. Even though there were other prototypes, the credit for the first commercially successful automatic dishwasher goes to Josephine Cochran. 

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