The word ‘invention’ is synonymous with men. Well, mostly! The names that run through my mind every time someone talks about inventions are Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison and the Wright brothers, among many others. While one invented the telephone, the other one did a fabulous job of inventing a light bulb. As for the Wright brothers, they did humankind a big favour by inventing airplanes. But except for Madam Curie, who invented radioactivity, there are hardly any names of women inventors that come to the mind when we talk about inventions. Does that mean there are no amazing things invented by women? Of course not!
On this Women’s Day, let’s take a look at some of the amazing divas who gave the world some of the best things that we still use (mind you), but unfortunately don’t know about. Without further ado, here are some of the best inventions made by women:
The individual who actually invented beer is unknown, but according to research conducted by historian Jane Peyton, brewing beer was a woman’s domain for thousands of years. According a 2010 Telegraph piece, “Nearly 7,000 years ago in Mesopotamia and Sumeria, so important were [women’s] skills that they were the only ones allowed to brew the drink or run any taverns.”
Beer was, in fact, considered a gift from the goddess. So next time you go out drinking beer with your fellas, don’t forget make a toast to womankind.
2. Chocolate Chip Cookies
This might sound a little obvious but the idea of putting small chips of chocolates in your boring stack of cookies is one hell of an invention. And it was a woman who did so!
In 1930, a woman named Ruth Wakefield was making cookies for guests and realised that she was out of baker’s chocolate. She broke up pieces of a Nestle semi-sweet chocolate bar, thinking that the chocolate would mix in and melt during baking, but it didn’t. Instead, it gave birth to chocolate chip cookies! Cool, isn’t it?