Things you didn’t know were invented by women

Despite facing gender discrimination there are women who have invented several  amazing things for the benefit of mankind, but unfortunately didn’t get a recognition . As its said its never too late than never so we bring some of the famous inventions and the ladies behind them:

The paper bag

Paper Bag

In  1868, Cotton mill worker Margaret Knight invented the machine to make paper bags with a flat square bottom. There was also a man named Charles Annan who tried to copy her design, but Knight filed a lawsuit and made it patent by her name in 1871.

First hand-cranked ice cream maker

Nancy Johnson created an ice cream maker with an outer wooden pail, an inner tin cylinder, and a paddle connected to a crank. She got her invention patented on September 9, 1843.

First, spray on skin for burn victims

In the early 1990s, Dr Fiona Wood revolutionized medical treatment by creating a spray-on skin for burn victims.

Disposable diapers


Marion Donovan made waterproof diaper cover that was originally made of a shower curtain. It was first sold at Saks Fifth Avenue but Donovan sold her patent to the Keko Corporation for $1 million.

The invention of caller ID and call waiting

Dr Shirley Ann Jackson invented caller ID and call waiting. She was the first African-American woman to receive a doctorate from MIT in any field. From 1976 to 1991, she did research in AT&T Bell Laboratories, where she contributed to the development of caller ID and call waiting.

Windshield Wipers

Windshield Wipers

Mary Anderson brought the first manual windshield wipers in 1903 which was not accepted by many drivers at first as they thought it was safer to drive with rain and snow than to pull a lever to clear it.

The first computer program

Rear admiral Dr Grace Murray Hopper helped program the first computers. She is considered as one of the first three “modern programmers’ and  is known for inventing COBOL or “common business-oriented language in 1959.


The dishwasher was invented by Josephine Cochrane in 1887.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

In 1930, chocolate chip cookies were accidentally invented by Ruth Wakefield when she ran out of baker’s chocolate.