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The Surprising Reason for Lack of Women Inventors

Posted March 6, 2017 in Inventing, Uncategorized

At a recent innovation keynote speech I gave to Fortune 500 women executives, sponsored by Cognizant Technology Solutions, we examined some of the reasons fewer than 19 percent of all patents in the world are secured by women. This isn’t patents held by a single woman, but patents…

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Inventor Spotlight – Louis Pasteur

Posted February 18, 2017 in Inventing, Uncategorized

Because of the nature of their jobs, many inventors are scientists and engineers. One scientist who was also an inventor was Louis Pasteur, a French chemist and microbiologist, who was known for his discovery of pasteurization and microbial fermentation. His germ theory states that many diseases are caused by…

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Inventor Spotlight – Garrett Morgan

Posted December 2, 2016 in Inventing, Uncategorized

Garrett Morgan proves that you don’t have to be a scientist or an engineer to be an inventor. You also don’t have to have a college degree. But there is one trait you must have if you want to be an inventor, and that’s curiosity.

 

Garrett Morgan was the son…

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Bra Inventor and Art Patron Caresse Crosby

Posted September 18, 2016 in Inventing, Uncategorized

Caresse Crosby lived the life of an upper class debutante in New York and Connecticut growing up. One night while she was dressing to go out to another ball, she put on her customary whalebone corset under her evening gown. Disappointed in the way it made her dress look,…

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Women Inventors – Marie Van Brittan Brown

Posted March 10, 2016 in Inventing

In keeping with Women’s History Month, I wanted to highlight women inventors who exemplify the phrase “Necessity is the Mother of Invention”. Marie Van Brittan Brown is one of those inventors.

 

Marie was a nurse who didn’t keep regular hours. While her husband, Albert, was at work, she was often…

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Inventor Spotlight – Ann Moore

Posted December 8, 2015 in Inventing, Uncategorized

Inventor and pediatric nurse Ann Moore proved that you can make an old idea new again. It was during her time in the Peace Corps in West Africa that she first saw mothers carrying their babies around on their backs in fabric harnesses. The babies seemed very content with…

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Inventor’s Spotlight – Frederick Walton

Posted September 21, 2015 in Inventing

It’s hard to image that at one time people walked on bare boards in their homes. Rugs had been around for centuries, but a mass-produced, easy to clean floor covering didn’t exist until the mid 1800’s. That was until British inventor, Frederick Walton, invented and patented the world’s first…

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Inventors Spotlight – Abraham Lincoln

Posted July 28, 2015 in Inventing

abraham-lincolnAbraham Lincoln is best known for the Gettysburg Address and for abolishing slavery, but did you know he is also the only President to be an inventor and patent holder? In 1849 he filed a patent for a device that…

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Woman Inventor – Josephine Cochran

Posted March 28, 2014 in Inventing, Uncategorized

If you’re like most people, washing dishes is a chore. Okay, maybe it’s just me. But back in 1886 a woman inventor named Josephine Cochran thought the same thing. Technically Joel Houghton patented a dish washing machine, but it was a wooden machine that just splashed water on dishes….

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Inventors Spotlight – Woman Inventor – Ruth Handler

Posted March 16, 2014 in Inventing, Uncategorized

Ruth Handler’s claim to fame as a woman inventor and woman innovator is that she invented the Barbie Doll. But Ruth’s resume was much bigger than that. She started off in 1945 as the co-founder of the toy company Mattel, which made toy furniture, music boxes, plastic mirrors, and…

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Charlotte Odlum Smith – Champion of Women Inventors

Posted December 12, 2013 in Inventing, Uncategorized

Inventors and innovators are a unique breed. Creative Innovation would like to spotlight those people who have helped change the course of history or simply made life better and easier through their innovative products, designs or processes. We’ll start with the editor of The Woman Inventor, Charlotte Odlum…

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Why Kids are so Creative

Posted October 30, 2011 in Inventing

Today I spoke at the Girl Scout Conference on the topic of women inventors/women innovators. The session was sponsored by the people at THQ who make the U Draw Game Tablet for the Nintento wii.

 

Then the Girl Scouts had a unique kind of roundtable…

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America Invents Act

Posted September 21, 2011 in Inventing

Here is the press release from the White House regarding the America Invents Act:

 

President Obama Signs America Invents Act, Overhauling the Patent System to Stimulate Economic Growth, and Announces New Steps to Help Entrepreneurs Create Jobs

 

Today, at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Virginia, President…

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Women Inventors Who Changed the World

Posted April 11, 2010 in Inventing

As you sip your morning coffee you probably don’t give any thought as to how the actual process of coffee brewing came to be. If it wasn’t for a frustrated housewife in Dresden, Germany, you might have to brew your coffee by wrapping loose coffee grounds in a cloth…

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