Feminine Ingenuity: How Women Inventors Changed America

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Random House Publishing Group, Dec 15, 2010 - Social Science - 540 pages
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"Written with clarity and a lively eye both for detail and for the progress of feminism in the United States."
In this fascinating study of American women inventors, historian Anne Macdonald shows how creative, resourceful, and entrepreneurial women helped to shatter the ancient stereotypes of mechanically inept womanhood. In presenting their stories, Anne Macdonald's thorough research in patent archives and her engaging use of period magazine, journals, lectures, records from major fairs and expositions, and interviews, have made her book nothing less than an overall history of the women's movement in America.

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FEMININE INGENUITY: Women and Invention in America

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Macdonald (No Idle Hands, 1988) presents a sprightly, informative chronicle of women inventors in America—a two-steps- forward/one-and-a-half-steps-back history that aptly mirrors the rise and fall ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Anne L. Macdonald was for fifteen years chairperson of the history department of the National Cathedral School in Washington, D.C. She was the author of No Idle Hands: The Social History of American Knitting and Feminine Ingenuity: Women and Invention in America. She died in 2016.

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