Feminine Ingenuity: How Women Inventors Changed America

Paperback | February 8, 1994

byAnne L. MacDonald

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"Written with clarity and a lively eye both for detail and for the progress of feminism in the United States."
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In this fascinating study of American women inventors, historian Anne Macdonald shows how creative, resourceful, and entrepreneurial women helped to shatter the ancient stereotypes of mechanically inept womanhood. In presenting their stories, Anne Macdonald's thorough research in patent archives and her engaging use of period magazine, journals, lectures, records from major fairs and expositions, and interviews, have made her book nothing less than an overall history of the women's movement in America.

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"What useful things have American women conceived of and developed that have contributed to the progress of technology, science, and engineering?" Raise that question, even among educated feminists of the 1990s, and you are likely to be met with a fumbling for names. Raise it among the skeptics of women's creative talents and they will...

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"Written with clarity and a lively eye both for detail and for the progress of feminism in the United States."SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLEIn this fascinating study of American women inventors, historian Anne Macdonald shows how creative, resourceful, and entrepreneurial women helped to shatter the ancient stereotypes of mechanically inept w...

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"Written with clarity and a lively eye both for detail and for the progress of feminism in the United States."SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLEIn this fascinating study of American women inventors, historian Anne Macdonald shows how creative, resourceful, and entrepreneurial women helped to shatter the ancient stereotypes of mechanically inept w...

Historian Anne L. MacDonald challenged the stereotype that women are mechanically inert in her book, "Feminine Ingenuity: Women and Invention in America."

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:540 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.25 inPublished:February 8, 1994Publisher:Random House Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0345383141

ISBN - 13:9780345383143

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"What useful things have American women conceived of and developed that have contributed to the progress of technology, science, and engineering?" Raise that question, even among educated feminists of the 1990s, and you are likely to be met with a fumbling for names. Raise it among the skeptics of women's creative talents and they will reply "Where, after all, is the historical record?" "In the Patent Office", replies historian Anne L. Macdonald, author of Feminine Ingenuity. In her engaging and meticulously researched history of American women inventors, she presents not only the official evidence of women's remarkable achievements contained in two centuries' worth of Patent Office archives, but also a wealth of material she has discovered in unofficial contemporary accounts of women's inventions: magazines, journals, lectures, major fairs and expositions, and the manuscripts of several important inventors. Feminine Ingenuity celebrates the achievements of women inventors from Mary Kies, whose 1809 patent for a method of weaving straw was the first issued to a wo