In a business process life cycle, women often contribute as end users, but their innovative potential is seldom utilized. When asked in any forum, who are the most famous innovators and entrepreneurs, it’s not surprising to know that people often carry prejudiced mindset towards famous men in the business.
It’s high time and a good opportunity to highlight the women who made the lives easier by contributing to the market with unique ideas.
WIPO’s theme this year is Powering change: Women in creativity and innovation, in a bid to perceive and praise ladies who are molding our fates and driving change.
So, on this World IP day, we at Ingenious e brain would like to take a step forward by revisiting the history to celebrate some life transforming innovations and the bright minded women behind them.
- Mary Dixon Kies: She was the first woman to receive the U.S patent in 1809. She invented the process of weaving straw with thread or silk. Though her patent got lost in the history, she was the pioneer and an encouraging example to other women who filed 20 more patients in 1840.
- Katherine Blodgett: With academically powerful background, she was the first women to earn Ph.D. in Physics from Cambridge University in 1926. She discovered how to apply coatings layer by layer to glass and metal which eventually led to the invention of world’s first 100% transparent or invisible glass. Her patented process has been used for reducing distortion in telescopes, eyeglasses, microscopes, and camera.
- Grace Hopper: World remembers her for common programming language “COBOL”. Though her work was not patented as at the time of her invention, computer software technology was not considered a patentable field.
- Stephanie Kwolek: In 1965, at DuPont, she developed Kevlar, a para-aramid synthetic fiber. Her invention, a registered trademark, is used in the range of products like bicycle tires to bulletproof vests, as it is five times stronger than steel. Many police officers now owe their lives to Stephanie Louise kwolek. As a research scientist for 40 years, she obtained 28 patents.
- Patricia Billings: In 1997, Geobond was developed and registered as a patent, a fire-resistant building material. She worked as a sculptor who in an attempt of preventing her plaster works from shattering, developed a solution; when added to the mixture of gypsum and concrete makes a fire-resistant plaster. So, not only as end users but these women spun their skills into things that paved a way to save lives and made living better.