Female Inventors

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 1 Joy Mangano

Joy Mangano
Famous As: Inventor, Entrepreneur
Birthdate: February 1, 1956
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: East Meadow, New York, United States

Before she turned her peculiar inventions into a billion-dollar business empire, Joy Mangano had worked as an airline assistant and a waitress. Her best-known invention has been the Miracle Mop, a self-wringing mop made of plastic. She has also penned a memoir and has inspired the 2015 film Joy.

 2 Lori Greiner

Lori Greiner
Famous As: Television personality
Birthdate: December 9, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

 3 Virginia Apgar

Virginia Apgar
Famous As: Physician and Anesthesiologist
Birthdate: June 7, 1909
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Westfield, New Jersey, United States
Died: August 7, 1974

 4 Simone Giertz

Simone Giertz
Famous As: Inventor, YouTuber
Birthdate: November 1, 1990
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

 5 Ruth Handler

Ruth Handler
Famous As: Businesswoman
Birthdate: November 4, 1916
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, United States
Died: April 27, 2002

 6 Bette Nesmith Graham

Bette Nesmith Graham
Famous As: Inventor, Entrepreneur
Birthdate: March 23, 1924
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dallas
Died: May 12, 1980

 7 Ruth Graves Wakefield

Ruth Graves Wakefield
Famous As: Chef, Patent inventor, Teacher, Businessperson, Food critic, Dietitian
Birthdate: June 17, 1903
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Walpole
Died: January 10, 1977
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 8 Stephanie Kwolek

Stephanie Kwolek
Famous As: Chemist
Birthdate: July 31, 1923
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New Kensington, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: June 18, 2014

Stephanie Kwolek was an American chemist remembered for her invention of Kevlar. She worked at the DuPont Company for over four decades and was awarded the company's Lavoisier Medal for her discovery. In 1995, she was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame, becoming the fourth woman to be inducted. She also won other awards including the Perkin Medal.

 9 Caresse Crosby

Caresse Crosby
Famous As: Publisher, Writer, Socialite, Poet, Memoirist, Journalist
Birthdate: April 20, 1891
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City
Died: January 26, 1970

 10 Mary Anderson

Mary Anderson
Famous As: inventor
Birthdate: February 19, 1866
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Greene County
Died: June 27, 1953

Mary Anderson was a real estate developer, rancher, and inventor. She is best known for inventing the windshield wiper blade. She received her first patent for an automatic car window cleaning device controlled from inside the car in 1903. She was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2011, more than half a century after her death.  

 11 Sarah E. Goode

Sarah E. Goode
Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: 1855 AD
Birthplace: Toledo, Ohio, United States
Died: April 8, 1905

 12 Gertrude B. Elion

Gertrude B. Elion
Famous As: Biochemist, Pharmacologist
Birthdate: January 23, 1918
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: February 21, 1999

The daughter of Jewish immigrants in New York, Gertrude B. Elion excelled in chemistry at Hunter College, where she studied for free, but was initially unable to find a job due to gender bias. The renowned biochemist and pharmacologist later won a Nobel and became a pioneer in medical research.

 13 Josephine Cochrane

Josephine Cochrane
Famous As: inventor
Birthdate: March 8, 1839
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ashtabula County
Died: August 3, 1913

 14 Radia Perlman

Radia Perlman
Famous As: Computer Network Engineer
Birthdate: December 18, 1951
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Portsmouth, Virginia, United States

 15 Margaret E. Knight

Margaret E. Knight
Famous As: Inventor, Entrepreneur
Birthdate: February 14, 1838
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: York
Died: October 12, 1914

 16 Sarah Boone

Sarah Boone
Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: January 31, 1832
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Craven County, North Carolina
Died: 1904 AD

 17 Izumo no Okuni

Izumo no Okuni
Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: 1572 AD
Birthplace: Izumo Province, Japan
Died: November 30, 1613

 18 Hertha Ayrton

Hertha Ayrton
Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: April 28, 1854
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Portsea Island, England
Died: August 26, 1923

Hertha Ayrton was a British engineer,  physicist, mathematician, and inventor. She is remembered for her work on electric arcs and ripple marks in sand and water, for which she was awarded the Hughes Medal by the Royal Society. As a woman in the 19th century, she had to face innumerable struggles in her career. She was also a passionate suffragist. 

 19 Lyda D. Newman

Lyda D. Newman
Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: 1885 AD
Birthplace: Ohio, United States

 20 Eleanor Coade

Eleanor Coade
Famous As: Businesswoman
Birthdate: June 3, 1733
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Exeter, Devon, England
Died: November 16, 1821

Eleanor Coade was a British businesswoman known for her astute entrepreneurial, business, and marketing skills. She manufactured Neoclassical statues, architectural decorations, and garden ornaments. She created stoneware for many famous buildings, including St George's Chapel, The Royal Pavilion, Brighton, and Carlton House. She was one of the few women to run a highly successful business in the Georgian era. 

 21 Jeanne Villepreux-Power

Jeanne Villepreux-Power
Famous As: Biologist
Birthdate: September 24, 1794
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Juillac, France
Died: January 25, 1871

 22 Danièle Aron-Rosa

Danièle Aron-Rosa
Famous As: Painter, Ophthalmologist
Birthdate: October 15, 1934
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tunis, Tunisia

 23 Hedy Lamarr

Hedy Lamarr
Famous As: Actress, Inventor
Birthdate: November 9, 1914
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: January 19, 2000

Hedy Lamarr was an Austrian-American actress whose early career was defined by her performance in the controversial Czech erotic film Ecstasy. Apart from gaining popularity as a beautiful Hollywood actress, Hedy Lamarr became known as an inventor after co-inventing frequency-hopping spread spectrum. Her career has inspired several works of art. She was also the inspiration behind the iconic character Catwoman.

 24 Carleen Hutchins

Carleen Hutchins
Famous As: Innovator
Birthdate: May 24, 1911
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Springfield, Massachusetts, United States
Died: August 7, 2009

 25 Katharina Paulus

Katharina Paulus
Famous As: Skydiver, Inventor
Birthdate: December 22, 1868
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Zellhausen, Mainhausen, Germany
Died: July 26, 1935

 26 Cynthia May Alden

Cynthia May Alden
Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: May 31, 1862
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Afton, Iowa, United States
Died: January 8, 1931

 27 Eliza Maria Mosher

Eliza Maria Mosher
Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: October 2, 1846
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cayuga County, New York, United States
Died: October 16, 1928

 28 Sybilla Righton Masters

Sybilla Righton Masters
Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: 1676 AD
Birthplace: Bermuda
Died: August 23, 1720