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Women Invent

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Chicago Review Press
ISBN #1-55652-317-3
Ages 9+, $14.95

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Chicago Tribune:

"Notable Book..."

From the Los Angeles Times:

"Casey’s main goal is to inspire young inventors, not to praise accomplished ones, so she has included stories about dozens of lesser-known inventions, as well as a comprehensive resource list to help would-be inventors develop and even profit from their own ideas."

From - Women's History - Top 10 Books for Girls 8-12:

...5) Women Invent: Two Centuries of Discoveries That Have Shaped Our World by Susan Casey. Curious girls may be happy to know that there have been plenty of women in history who also asked questions and found solutions. Many of the women included are not well-known -- adults will likely find themselves sneaking a peek.

From Publishers Weekly:

Look out, Thomas Edison
How do inventors develop their ideas? How do they get patents? Women Invent!: Two Centuries of Discoveries That Have Shaped Our World by Susan Casey answers these questions and more using short biographies of noted female inventors, which range from the quirky (Patty Brandetsas, who invented the Whirling Dart Board) to the heroic (Gertrude Elion, who developed drugs to treat childhood leukemia). Illustrated with 20 b+w photographs and diagrams, the book concludes with "An Inventor's Resource Guide," which lists books, scholarships and places to visit."



Read from Women Invent!

Maria Telkes (left) consulting with
architect Eleanor Raymond.

Maria Telkes was fascinated with the sun. When she was in high school in Budapest, Hungary, she started reading about it. When she finished reading everything written in Hungarian, she started reading what was written in French, English, and German.

Is it any wonder that she designed a system for solar heating a home?

After Maria gained a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of Budapest, she traveled to the United States in 1925 to visit a relative and eventually joined the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Solar Energy Research Project. While she was there, a Boston sculptor, Amelia Peabody, approached Maria and offered to pay for construction of a solar heated house on land she owned in Dover, Massachusetts. The house was to be designed by architect Eleanor Raymond. Maria was to design the solar-heating system. That was in 1948. ..."I envisage the day when solar heat collecting shelters, like power stations, will be built apart from the house," she told W. Clifford Harvey of the Christian Science Monitor. "One such solar-heating building could develop enough heat from the sun for pumping into an entire community of homes."

Some of the women inventors featured in Women Invent!

Martha Coston
Martha Coston, invented Signal Flares that were used by U.S. Navy during the Civil War.

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Madam CJ Walker

Madam Walker, creator of hair care products, was the 1st African American female millionaire.

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Lydia O'Leary

Lydia O’Leary
In 1932, she became the first person to receive a patent for a makeup foundation. Founded Covermark Corporation

Stephanie Kwolek

Stephanie Kwolek
In 1971, she invented Kevlar, a thread that is five times stronger than steel and is now used to make bulletproof vests. National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductee.

Sally Fox

In 1982, Sally Fox developed the first commercially spinnable colored cotton.  She founded FoxFibre to sell her natural cotton for use in clothes and linens.

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Patsy Sherman and Sam Smith

Patsy Sherman and Sam Smith were trying to creat a rubber for use as hoses for jet fuels when some of it fell on the shoe of a technician. They noticed that it kept the shoe clean but when they couldn't remove it with any known solvent, they hit on the idea that it could be a fabric protector: Scotchgard!

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