What makes a house a home? Is it fresh, home-cooked meals with family and friends? The safety and security a home provides? Or the zen of soaking in a warm bath after a long day? If these questions have you saying yes, then you have a woman to thank. So many of our household staples that make a house more comfortable and secure were invented by women!
Florence Parpart submitted a patent for the first electric fridge which circulated water to keep food cold, improving food storage efficiency.
Josephine Cochrane designed and constructed the first successful automatic dishwasher. Her invention was the first to use water pressure instead of scrubbers.
Marie Van Brittan Brown invented a video home security system with microphones so that she could see and communicate with whoever came to her door without having to open it. Her husband worked nights and she was often home alone.
Can you even imagine a home without WIFI? Hedy Lamarr, also known as a Hollywood actress, filed a patent for frequency-hopping technology which was the foundation for what we know today as WIFI, Bluetooth, and GPS.
A hot bath was once not such a simple luxury. Ida R. Forbes designed the first electric hot water heater that could heat water to a specific temperature.
Over the years, women have played a substantial part in making a house a home. Happy Women's History Month!