Mothers and Daughters of Invention: Notes for a Revised History of Technology
Written in an engaging and accessible style, this first broadly focused compensatory history of technology not only includes women's contributions but begins the long-overdue task of redefining technology and significant technology and to value these contributions correctly. Stanley traces women's inventions in five vital areas of technology worldwide--agriculture, medicine, reproduction, machines, and computers--from prehistory (or origin) forward, profiling hundreds of women, both famous and obscure. The author does not ignore theory. She contributes a paradigm for male takeovers of technologies originated by women.
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Miranda Fort is acknowledged for improvements in farming implements in 1870. However, Miranda Fort was not a woman. He was my great, great, great grandfather, a brick mason and builder in Talbot County, Georgia in the 19th century. He was married to Elizabeth Stanford and is buried in the Talbotton Cemetery. It's nice to see his talents acknowledged, however, an incorrect assumption was made based on his first name.
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