Ever wondered who the top women inventors are across the world? With the launch of JOY, which is available to own on Digital HD™, Blu-ray™ & DVD on 25th April, courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, here at Women UK, we thought we’d take a look at some of the top female inventors of our time.
JOY is the wild story of a family across four generations centered on the girl who becomes the woman who founds a business dynasty and becomes a matriarch in her own right. Betrayal, treachery, the loss of innocence and the scars of love, pave the road in this intense emotional and human comedy about becoming a true boss of family and enterprise facing a world of unforgiving commerce.
Allies become adversaries and adversaries become allies, both inside and outside the family, as Joy’s inner life and fierce imagination carry her through the storm she faces. Oscar® Winner Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle) stars with fellow Oscar® Winner Robert De Niro (The Intern, American Hustle), Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle), Edgar Ramirez (Wrath of the Titans), Isabella Rossellini (Enemy), Diane Ladd (I Dream Too Much), Virginia Madsen (The Number 23), Elisabeth Röhm (American Hustle) and Dascha Polanco (Orange is the New Black). Like David O. Russell’s previous films, Joy defies genre to tell a story of family, loyalty, and love.
To celebrate the release of this female empowered story, we have pulled together information on some of the most famous and inspirational female inventors / inventions in entrepreneurial history, including the inspiration behind JOY, Joy Mangano.
JOY is available on Digital HD, Blu-ray™ and DVD from April 25, courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.
- Joy Mangano, an American inventor, business woman and entrepreneur is known for many of her famous household inventions but most notably the Miracle Mop in 1990, a plastic mop that could be wrung out without the user’s hands getting wet.
Home Solar Heating
- Residential solar heating was invented by physicist and solar-power pioneer Dr. Maria Telkes, she teamed up with the architect Eleanor Raymond, to build the first home entirely heated by solar power in 1947.
Modern Electric Refrigerator
- Florence Parpart was an entrepreneur and inventor who created the modern electric fridge; she improved the model during the time and made the first “modern” refrigerator that used electricity. She won a patent for her machine in 1914 and was successful at marketing and selling the product.
- Marie Van Brittan Brown’s system for closed-circuit television security, patented in 1969, was intended to help people ensure their own security, as police were slow to respond to calls for help in her New York City neighbourhood. Her invention forms the basis for modern CCTV systems used for home security and police work today.
Foot Pedal Bin
- Lillian Gilbreth improved existing inventions with small, but ingenious, tweaks. In the early 1900s, she designed the shelves inside refrigerator doors, made the can opener easier to use, and tidied up cleaning with a foot pedal bin.
- Mary Anderson invented the first manual windscreen wipers in 1903. Another woman inventor, Charlotte Bridgwood, invented an automatic version with an electric roller in 1917; neither took off at the time. But by the time Anderson’s patent expired in 1920, windscreen wipers were cleaning up. Cadillac was the first to include them in every car model.
- Patented in 1886, the first dishwasher combined high water pressure, a wheel, a boiler, and a wire rack and was invented by Josephine Cochrane.
- Katherine Blodgett got her glare-free glass invention patented in 1935; glare-free glass means we now have glass with a thin, nanometres-thick coating that entirely reduces glare and distortion. It’s called “invisible” glass for its reliability
- Kevlar, the material used to make bullet-proof vests, is one of the strongest materials in the world, but it was created almost by accident by DuPont chemist Stephanie Kwolek in 1966. DuPont was looking for a material for stronger tires, and Kwolek and her team kept producing a cloudy, strange chemical solution that they were throwing away. But Kwolek convinced her teammates to “weave” it into a fibre.