Patently female: from AZT to TV dinners : stories of women inventors and their breakthrough ideas

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Wiley, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 220 pages
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Discover the trials & triumphs of great female inventors

Automatic Dishwasher
Barbie Doll
Buffered Aspirin
Cotton Gin
Disposable Phone
Drip Coffeemaker
Fabric Softener Sheets
Hang Glider
IV Fluids
Mars Rover
PDA (Personal Digital Assistant)
Protease Inhibitors
Smallpox Variolation
Space Suit
Spic & Span
Tract Housing
Vacuum Canning
Windshield Wipers
Zig-Zag Sewing Machine

and many, many more!

Reviews for Mothers of Invention by Ethlie Ann Vare and Greg Ptacek

"It's a fascinating and gratifying book..It gives us a positive view of women's inventiveness, from the frivolous to the noble."
-The New York Times Book Review

"It is the wide spectrum of female humanity and ability in this book that makes it an especially valuable addition to the growing popular library on the accomplishments and work lives of women."
-Los Angeles Times

"An informative collection of talent, trivia, and history, Mothers of Invention will interest most anyone. More importantly, though, it will serve to inspire girls and women of all ages. For that reason, it belongs on the shelves of schools and public libraries everywhere."
-Tampa Tribune

"Wonderful..A book to be dipped into and sampled at one's leisure."
-The Chicago Biweekly

"This fascinating volume will find a place in the browsing sections of both adult and YA collections.recommended."
-Library Journal

One of the "Best Books for Young Adults,"
American Library Association, 1988

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The author encourages not only women of all ages but also young children to be inventors. Additionally she mentions the imagination, invention, creation, discovery and development of several products by women, who came up with their bright ideas and experimental solutions which eventually became products that are still in use today. In the beginning, their works focused on agricultural products such as the cotton gin and the grain harvester. The second example includes women’s products like bras, the space suit and the ingredients of a cereal starch which combined knowledge of biochemistry and microbiology. Another example is the cure for many diseases such as childhood Leukemia, treatments for gout and herpes and the first drug for AIDs.I definitely recommend all women and young children read this book.  


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