Little reference is made to women whenever there is a talk about tech or those that invented it because most of us believe that it is the men that are the main founders of tech while women are more concerned with the domestic tasks of this world but I can assure you that this notion will fizzle out after reading this article.
Cutting to the chase below is a brief rundown of tech invented by women.
1. Modern electric refrigerator
This is one awesome tech that can never be found missing in any home all over the world but only a few of those homes know that women are the reason why we have them. The modern version of the appliance was invented by Florence Parpart in 1914, coupled with the assistance of her fiancee who was highly skilled in electrical circuitry.
2. Close circuit television (CCTV)
For one, have always known that women are the most curious ones of both gender so this didn’t come much as a surprise to me. Invented by Marie Van Brittan Brown and her husband in 1969 to help ensure their own security which later turned out to be the basis for modern CCTV systems used for advanced home security and police work today.
3. Digital communications
In a bid to create a secret communications system to help combat the Nazis during the second world war, Hollywood movie star Hedy Lamar and her co-inventor George Anthill, manipulated radio frequencies between transmission and reception to form an unbreakable code and prevent classified messages from being intercepted. Though the pair went on to receive a patent in 1941, it was not until decades later that the value of their invention became more apparent and their spread spectrum technology is now being used in everyday technological research of cellular phones, fax machines and other wireless operations.
4. Computerised telephone switching system.
Erna Schneider Hoover was an American mathematician who created a computerized telephone switching system to monitor incoming calls and then automatically adjusted the call’s acceptance rate to eliminate overloading problems. The principles of Hoover’s design are still used today and she was elected as a member of the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2008.
5. Ice cream maker
This appliance was first designed by Nancy Johnson who later sold the rights to her invention to a kitchen wholesaler, named William Young for $200 because she had no finances to produce the ice cream maker. Her basic design and many associated iterations are still in use today, including many home ice cream makers currently on the market.
These few ones should be an eye opener to those of the belief that women can’t do better.
Happy International Women’s day.