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Well, ya never know! Amber Grant recipient sells company to Living Social

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

Back on July 19, 2009, we announced the Amber Grant Award winner was Urban Escapes, here is an update on the status of their company. 

 

LivingSocial Buys Urban Escapes, As Social Discount Market Heats Up

by Kara Swisher


LivingSocial, the No. 2 social local deals start-up, announced today that it has bought Urban Escapes, a social adventure company.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
LivingSocial now has about 10 million subscribers to its discount offers online, where it competes head-to-head with Groupon.
Both companies have been garnering huge fundings, which is being used in a race for dominance in the space.
After the recent $135 million funding of Groupon that valued the Chicago-based company at upward of an eye-popping $1 billion, LivingSocial announced to that it had raised a more modest $14 million in a Series C round.
The Washington, D.C. start-up had raised $25 million in a Series B venture financing only a month before that. And it raised $10 million on top of that since 2008.
In addition, big companies have become focused on the fast-growing arena, such as recent acquisition interest from Yahoo in Groupon.
Here is the official press release about the latest LivingSocial deal:

LivingSocial Redefines Social Adventure with Acquisition of Urban Escapes
Unique, Exclusive Experiences Now Offered to LivingSocial’s Network of 10 Million Subscribers
Washington, D.C.–October 19, 2010–Leading social shopping site LivingSocial (www.livingsocial.com) today announced the acquisition of social adventure company Urban Escapes. LivingSocial will now be able to exclusively offer its 10 million subscribers-strong worldwide community a host of diverse, fun and unique adventures and experiences, produced by a team of on-the-ground experts.
“By working closely with merchants in all of our markets, LivingSocial has helped thousands of people across the country experience fun and exciting things to do in their neighborhood,” said Tim O’Shaughnessy, CEO and Co-Founder of LivingSocial. “With the acquisition of Urban Escapes, we will now have the ability to help curate some amazing experiences and adventures exclusively for our members.”
From “Zen Escape Yoga Hikes” to “Boulder and Brew Tours™,” Urban Escapes redefines social adventure, and its unique itineraries promote a fun and active lifestyle and a chance to escape the day-to-day rat race. Urban Escapes staff will work directly with LivingSocial representatives in five introductory markets designing and creating one-of-a-kind experiences and adventures for LivingSocial customers.
“People who use LivingSocial are already looking for fun, new things to do in the area they live or where they’re visiting,” said Maia Josebachvili, founder and president of Urban Escapes. “We’re passionate about organizing experiences you could never arrange on your own and this acquisition is the perfect opportunity for us to expand these completely unique, guided experiences around the globe.”
As the premiere local activity discovery engine, LivingSocial lets anyone find restaurants, shops, activities and services popular in their area at a savings of 50% to 70%. Handpicked adventures from Urban Escapes offer unique adventures and experiences at affordable prices to the LivingSocial community.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Successful Tips from Savvy Entrepreneurs

Saturday, April 2nd, 2011

By Susan Gunelius

inShare.Post by Liz Cullen, contributing Women On Business writer

I left DC in the pouring rain early this week to arrive at the Women Presidents’ Organization Conference on Coronado Bay in San Diego. The location was tempting and, I admit, was one of the main reasons I lobbied to attend our sister organization’s conference. I have been to WPO conferences for years in various locations, however, and I knew that even if there was a glitch in sunny San Diego’s perfect weather matrix, the conference would renew and re-energize me.

The WPO is the sister organization of WPEO and is a peer advisory group for women who own multi-million dollar businesses. Although (or maybe because) the conference does not focus on certification or procurement, my areas of focus and expertise, I always come away a little smarter. The conference concentrates on the big picture – a task that can be challenging at the best of times but which is crucial when times are tough and budgets are tight. Of course, not everyone can be in San Dieg,o so I will share a few of the things I have learned over the years from some of the country’s savviest entrepreneurs:

1.You can’t know everything – So look for people who know what you don’t. One of the key aspects of any conference is listening to advice of experts and adapting their wisdom to the inner workings of one’s own company or department. What women business owners seem to understand better than most is that some of their best resources can be found at these gatherings, not only in the featured speakers but especially among their fellow business owners.

2.Working on the business is as important as working in the business – An important part of conferences like these is to take the opportunity to get out of the daily routine and analyze what your company’s goals are and what innovative things you can do to achieve them. You don’t need to go to San Diego to get this perspective either. Just scheduling time outside the office for regrouping and reenergizing, with key management or with trusted friends can rejuvenate you for the regular grind of running your business.

3.Work doesn’t always have to be work – one thing these successful women business owners have in common is that, while they work hard, they truly enjoy what they do. Without exception they say that 1) they did not make a 5, 10, 20 year plan to be where they are and 2) there is nowhere else they would rather be. Planning is important as is goal setting (and achieving). To some extent, however, you have to be adaptable and flexible while choosing a route that is comfortable and enjoyable for you. I cannot count how many times I have heard, “Do what you like. The money (success, things you want) will come.”

7 Techniques to Thrive in Any Economy Written by SharynAbbott March 23, 2011

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

I came across this brand new blog today. Enjoy it and visit it regularly…it has new fresh ideas to help you with your business. 

 
dailyblogma.com
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Enjoy it and visit it regularly…it has new fresh ideas to help you with your business. 

Written by SharynAbbott  March 23, 2011 
You are more than likely among the fortunate few if you are reading this. You are an entrepreneur or contemplating being an entrepreneur.
You have an opportunity to control your hours, lifestyle and income. You can re-invent yourself whenever you choose and you know how to make relationships work for you.
But the last two years have proved a challenge. Those who have money are holding on to it and those who don’t have the money to work with you are fewer and further apart.
Has it ever occurred to you the money is always out there, it never goes away, it’s just in different hands. You need to work more diligently to find out who has the funds and to discern from those who are going through the motions. Most people want you to believe their business is in great shape, but most entrepreneurs are struggling because they’ve kept doing the same things they have always done.
This economy requires different tactics. When what you have been doing is no longer working, it is important to change what you’re doing. Markets move and potential client resources change.

Over the past twenty years I have had tremendous success with the following 7 Techniques, when working with entrepreneurs. If you apply each and every technique, you too will discover how much easier it is to have more than enough clients with much less effort than you are currently expending as an entrepreneur.
1. Spend 35% of your time marketing your business
2. Create Power Partner Relationships
3. Develop 25% of your business by referral
4. Attend at least one new event each month
5. Improve your Sales Skills
6. Write to get recognition in your business community
7. Speak at organizations to gain credibility

Great Advise to pass on!! Business Networking, referral style

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

I recently found this article in my local newspaper. To WNN, it seems like excellent advise!!  I took a look at BNI’s website.  They have organizations all over the United States.

Written by:Cynthia Benjamin/Staff writer/ Democrat and Chronicle
 

Near the end of Thursday’s meeting of Business Networking International Rapid Referrals, Chris Hannold, a painter, shared his gratitude with the group.
After all, it had been his day to be one of the two presenters. For eight minutes, the 36-year-old shared about his Penfield company, Perfection Painting. The small-business owners and other professionals at Flour City Diner, where the weekly meetings are held, liked his presentation, and they said so when they got a chance.
“I just want to thank everyone for being wonderful to me,” Hannold said. The group has referred 10 new customers his way. “Every referral, you don’t get the job, but I’ve received at least seven where I got the job.”
He referred at least 10 customers to other members, or partners. In fact, referrals are a significant part of the mission.
Matthew Drouin of Nothnagle Realtors, the chapter’s vice president, said that since Jan. 1 there have been 170 referrals and $40,000 in business completed.
During the meeting, chapter President Elisa Martin, a financial planning specialist with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC, asked participants to talk about their business. They essentially shared what would be a good referral for them, and there was a catch — they had 60 seconds to stand up, say it and sit down, thus the “rapid referrals.” If they didn’t finish in a minute, a timer beeped right in the middle of their talk. That helped accomplish a lot in a little time over lunch, with more than 20 people in the room.
After Hannold’s presentation, Matt Whitcomb of East Rochester, the second presenter of the day, taught the group a technique on how to start a conversation about his business, Lasting Legacies, which he hopes will go national. He also has an objective to help other members, which he also calls his partners.
“I say, ‘you know, what I don’t do is painting, but I know someone who does.'”
BNI has about 140,000 members worldwide, he said, and some 20 chapters in the Rochester area, ranging in size from 10 to 30 members each. BNI gives its members a chance to share ideas, exchange contacts and business referrals.
Each chapter has one person per profession, so there is, for example, only one chiropractor, one certified public accountant, one real estate agent. The occupation can be anything, according to the website.
To learn more or to visit a meeting, go to www.bnineny.com.

Congratulations to the 2011 inductees of the National Women’s Hall of Fame

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

 

As the National Women’s Hall of fame launched their new website: www.greatwomen.org , they have also announced this year inductees.

2011 roll at Women’s Hall Released

Written by  The Associated Press

SENECA FALLS — The founding dean of the University of Rochester School of Nursing will be enshrined in the National Women’s Hall of Fame with 10 other women, including singer Billie Holiday, educator Donna Shalala and civil rights champion Coretta Scott King.

 

The 2011 honor roll, unveiled Tuesday, includes Barbara Mikulski, the longest-serving woman in the history of the U.S. Senate, and Lilly Ledbetter, an Alabama woman whose lawsuit against Goodyear sparked a pay equity act in Congress.
The 11 women will be inducted at a ceremony Oct. 1, with other activities occurring Sept. 30.

 

Established in 1969 in Seneca Falls, where the first known women’s rights convention was held, the hall acclaims women who have made valuable contributions to society and especially to the freedom of women.

 

An internationally renowned nursing leader, Loretta Ford, 90, is best known for co-founding the nurse practitioner model in 1965 in Colorado through her studies on the nurse’s expanded scope of practice in public health nursing. In 1972, Ford became the founding dean of the University of Rochester School of Nursing, where a wing is named for her.

 

“I’m stunned and thrilled,” Ford said from her home in Wildwood, Fla., adding that she thinks the award will be a credit to her fellow nurses and nurse practitioners. “They’re the ones that deserve the award.”

 

“Her accomplishments over her lifetime have really been quite magnificent. She’s really transformed the nursing profession,” said Kathy Parker, current dean of the UR school.
Ford’s development of the nurse practitioner program “really changed nursing around the world,” said Parker, who is a nurse practitioner herself. “There are over 140,000 nurse practitioners practicing in the U.S. alone.”

 

Of that development, Ford said, “It really came out of my work as a public health nurse and some of the decisions that we had to make independently.”
Nurses were working in clinics for well babies, crippled children and immunizations, “and we needed to have nurses making more decisions,” she said. The nurses also were educating patients “so they could make reasonable decisions about their health and make them feel like partners in giving care.”

Ford said she came to UR because it had developed a “very fine plan of unifying nursing so the school wasn’t separate from practice at Strong Memorial Hospital” and elsewhere in the community. The plan “put practice, research, education and leadership under one administrative head. So all of nursing was my responsibility.”

 

As part of that, she was director of nursing at Strong as well as dean of the school.
Holiday and King, the widow of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., are among five women being honored posthumously. The others are St. Katharine Drexel, who dedicated her life and fortune to aid Native Americans and African-Americans and founded the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament; Dorothy Harrison Eustis, co-founder of The Seeing Eye, the nation’s first guide dog school; and Abby Kelley Foster, a major figure in the national anti-slavery and women’s rights movements in the 1800s.

 

Other living inductees this year are Helen Murray Free, a chemist whose research revolutionized diagnostic testing; and Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to officially enter the Boston Marathon, the founder of the Avon International Running Circuit and an Emmy Award-winning television commentator.
Also Tuesday, the Hall of Fame launched its new website, greatwomen.org.

Includes reporting by staff writers Emily Shearing and Laura Nichols.

 

www.MastersDegree.com shares an article with Womensnet

Monday, March 7th, 2011

50 Fascinating Facts for Women’s History Month

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March 3rd, 2011
History texts and classes are often dominated by male figures, yet women have played and continue to play a major role in the world’s economy, politics, culture and discoveries and deserve their fair share of recognition as well. March is Women’s History Month and there’s no better time to celebrate their contributions. Here are some fascinating facts about women’s history that will showcase some standouts, accomplishments, impacts and just how far they have come.
By the Numbers
Here you’ll find some amazing stats about women in the world today.

  1. Today, 71% of moms with kids under 18 work. In 1975, fewer than 47% did. Once upon a time, the idea of women working outside of the home was frowned upon and most women who did so worked as maids, seamstresses, took in laundry or worked in one of the traditionally female fields. Today, more women not only work outside the home, but hold a wider variety of jobs, with some even making it to the top of business, technology and science fields.
  2. Women currently hold 17% of Congressional and Senate seats and 18% of gubernatorial positions in the U.S. While women are still underrepresented in political life, the current state of things is a far cry from a time when women weren’t even allowed to vote — a mere 90 years ago.
  3. In almost every country in the world, the life expectancy for women is higher than men. For virtually all causes of death at all ages, mortality rates are higher for men. Scientists aren’t entirely sure why this is the case, but believe it might have to do with the presence of estrogen in the body improving immune function.
  4. Approximately 14% of active members in the U.S. armed forces today are women. In 1950, women comprised less than 2% of the U.S. military. Today, women play an active role in serving their country through military service, but many in years past would simply disguise themselves as men in order to gain access to the battlefield, including well-known examples like Frances Clayton in the American Civil War.
  5. Over 60 percent of college degrees awarded in the U.S. every year are earned by women. In fact, women are more likely than men to get a high school diploma as well, and the numbers are only expected to rise in the coming years.
  6. The two highest IQs ever recorded, through standardized testing, both belong to women. One of these high IQ women is the columnist and author Marilyn vos Savant. Of course, these numbers should be taken with a grain of salt, as IQ tests aren’t perfect in measuring intelligence, but it does help show that women aren’t inferior to men in intelligence – as was claimed for centuries.
  7. More American women work in the education, health services, and social assistance industries than any other. It seems that while women are moving into the workforce in large numbers, they’re still taking on traditionally female positions like teaching, nursing and social services. These three industries employ nearly one-third of all female workers.

Sports
Check out these facts to learn more about women in sports throughout recorded history.

  1. No women or girls were allowed at the first Olympics, but the Games of Hera, featuring footraces for women, were held every four years. In fact, women were not even allowed to watch the Olympic games or encouraged to participate in athletics (with the exception of the Spartans) so that the games existed at all is surprising. At their inception, the games only included that one event.
  2. At the first Winter Olympic Games in 1924, the only event open to women was figure skating. Only 15 women participated in these games, something that would change drastically over the decades.
  3. Women were not allowed to compete in track and field events at the Olympics until 1928. The ancient Greeks and Romans may have let women run in footraces in the Heraen Games, but when it came to the Olympics, both ancient and modern, these events were off limits to women until 1928. Unfortunately, some of the events were too much for the untrained female athletes, and because many collapsed after the end of the 800-meter race, it was banned until 1960.
  4. Roberta Gibb was the first woman to run and finish the Boston Marathon in 1966. Of course, she didn’t get official credit for it, as women were not allowed to enter the race until 1972, but her wins, in ’66, ’67, and ’68 seriously challenged long-held beliefs about the athletic prowess of women.
  5. Virne “Jackie” Mitchell, a pitcher, was the first woman in professional baseball. While women still don’t have much of a presence in baseball today, Mitchell proved that it wasn’t because they couldn’t play. During an exhibition game, she struck out both Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. Her performance probably played a part in baseball commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis banning women from the sport later that year.
  6. Mary, Queen of Scots is reported to be the first woman to play golf in Scotland. Golf today is still seen as a man’s sport, but this powerful and scandalous queen couldn’t have cared less. In fact, she even went out to play golf a few days after her husband Lord Darnley’s murder.
  7. Donald Walker’s book, Exercise for Ladies, warns women against horseback riding, because it deforms the lower part of the body. While this book was published in 1837, the views it documented about women doing any kind of exertion or exercise were to hold throughout the Victorian era and beyond.

Culture
Learn more about the role women have played in art, music and literature from these facts.

  1. The world’s first novel, The Tale of Genji, was published in Japan around A.D. 1000 by female author Murasaki Shikibu. It is still revered today for its masterful observations about court life and has been translated into dozens of languages.
  2. In 1921, American novelist Edith Wharton was the first woman to receive a Pulitzer Prize for fiction. She won the award for her novel The Age of Innocence, a story set in upper-class New York during the 1870s.
  3. Women often wrote under pen names in times when it was not seen as appropriate for them to contribute to literature. Even some female authors who are highly acclaimed today had to resort to fake names like Jane Austen, the Bronte Sisters, Mary Ann Evans (perhaps better known by her pen name George Eliot), and Louisa May Alcott.
  4. In the early years of the blues, from 1910 to 1925, the vast majority of singers were women. It might go against the common idea of just what the blues are or what they should sound like, but new research has found that some of the biggest players in the form of music were actually women.
  5. In an era when female painters had to struggle for acceptance, Artemesia Gentileschi was the first female to be accepted by the Accademia di Arte del Disegno in Florence. A follower of the style popularized by Caravaggio, her work is often particularly adept at bringing to life the passion and suffering of mythological and biblical women.

Amazing Women
These amazing women make for some pretty inspiring facts, perfect for Women’s History Month.

  1. Marie Curie is the only woman to ever win two Nobel Prizes. Her first award was for physics for her work on spontaneous radiation with her husband, with her second being in Chemistry for her studies of radioactivity.
  2. Hatshepsut was one of the most powerful women in the ancient world and the one and only female pharaoh in recorded history. She was the fifth pharaoh of the Eighteenth Dynasty of Ancient Egypt after taking over as a supposed regent for her son and reigned for over twenty years. While accounts seem to paint her reign as a favorable one, her images have been defaced on temples and inscriptions as though they meant to wipe her existence from history.
  3. Queen Victoria ruled one of the largest empires in the history of the world, at one point controlling land on nearly every continent.This included countries like including India, Australia, Egypt, Kenya, Canada, and British Guiana promoting the saying that the sun never sets on the British empire.
  4. Martha Wright Griffiths, an American lawyer and judge, pushed through the Sex Discrimination Act in 1964 as part of the Civil Rights Act. This act has helped protect countless women on the job and in everyday life from discrimination based on their gender.
  5. Journalist Nellie Bly put Jules Verne’s character Phileas Fogg to shame when she completed an around the world journey in only seventy two days– quite a feat before the invention of the airplane. Bly is also well-known for her expose on mental institutions, a project for which she had to fake psychological illness to gain access to the facilities.
  6. Jane Addams was the first woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Because of her work with the Hull House, the public philosopher, writer, leader and suffragist went down as one of the most influential and prolific women in American history.
  7. Upon her husband’s death, Cherokee leader Nancy Ward took his place in a 1775 battle against the Creeks, and led the Cherokee to victory. After the victory, she became head of the Woman’s Council and a member of the Council of Chiefs, playing a key role in social and political changes to the Cherokee nation throughout her life.
  8. In 1777, sixteen-year-old Sybil Ludington raced through the night to warn New York patriots that the British were attacking nearby Danbury, CT, where munitions and supplies for the entire region were stored during the heat of the Revolutionary War. While Paul Revere gets all the glory for nighttime rides, her journey took her twice the distance and helped the troops prepare and repel a British attack.
  9. Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony spent their lives fighting for women’s suffrage, but neither lived long enough to see the Amendment granting them the right to vote. Stanton passed away in 1902, decades before women finally won out, and Anthony in 1906 only a few years later.
  10. African-American performer Josephine Baker was working in France during WWII, but not only as a singer, dancer and actress. She was also helping the war movement, smuggling numerous messages to French soldiers. She often hid messages inside her dress or concealed with invisible ink on her sheet music. Baker’s work in the war is only part of what makes her such an amazing figure, as she was the first African American female to star in a major motion picture, perform in a concert hall and played a big role in the Civil Rights Movement.

Famous Firsts
Paving the way for generations to come, these women took down barriers to become the first of their kind in a wide range of fields.

  1. In 1853 Antoinette Blackwell became the first American woman to be ordained a minister in a recognized denomination. Impressive, considering there are still only a handful of female ministers nationwide today.
  2. The earliest recorded female physician was Merit Ptah, a doctor in ancient Egypt who lived around 2700 B.C. Many historians believe she may be the first woman recorded by name in the history of all of the sciences, making her achievement all the more impressive.
  3. The first woman to rule a country as an elected leader in the modern era was Sirimavo Bandaranaike of Sri Lanka, who was elected as prime minister of the island nation in 1960 and later re-elected in 1970. She is still one of only a handful of female heads of states, though numbers are growing with female leaders being recently elected in places like Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rice, Lithuania and Gabon.
  4. In 1756, during America’s Colonial period, Lydia Chapin Taft became the first woman to legally vote with the consent of the electorate. While all women didn’t enjoy this privilege until 1920, Taft was allowed to vote because her husband, a powerful local figure, had passed away right before a major town vote. She was allowed to step in in his stead.
  5. The first woman to run for U.S. president was Victoria Woodhull, who campaigned for the office in 1872 under the National Woman’s Suffrage Association. While women would not be granted the right to vote by a constitutional amendment for nearly 50 years, there were no laws prohibiting one from running for the chief executive position.
  6. The first female governor of a U.S. state was Wyoming governor Nellie Tayloe Ross, elected in 1924. Wyoming was also the first state to give women the right to vote, enacting women’s suffrage in 1869, making it a surprising leader in women’s rights.
  7. The first female member of a president’s cabinet was Frances Perkins, Secretary of Labor under FDR. She remained in office for the duration of FDRs terms and helped put together the labor programs needed for the New Deal to succeed.
  8. The first person to make the daring attempt to go over Niagara Falls in a wooden barrel was a woman. On October 24, 1901, Annie Edson Taylor, a forty-three-year-old schoolteacher from Michigan plunged over the falls. She survived with only a small gash on her head, but swore to never take them on again.
  9. Jeannette Rankin, a Republican from Montana, was the first woman elected to serve in Congress. She was elected in both 1916 and 1940. A lifelong pacifist, she was the only member of Congress to vote against entering WWII.
  10. On May 15, 1809, Mary Dixon Kies received the first U.S. patent issued to a woman for inventing a process for weaving straw with silk or thread. Before then, most women inventors didn’t bother to patent their new inventions because they couldn’t legally own property independent of their husbands. Few could get the support necessary to turn their ideas into a reality.

Historical Happenings
Learn more about women in history from these interesting facts.

  1. Wyoming was the first state to grant women the right to vote. It was also the first state to elect a female governor, Nellie Tayloe Ross.
  2. The first country to grant women the right to vote in the modern era was New Zealand in 1893. In this same year, Elizabeth Yates also become major of Onehunga, the first ever female mayor anywhere in the British empire.
  3. In 1770, a bill proposing that women using makeup should be punished for witchcraft was put forward to the British Parliament. The use of makeup was frowned upon during this period for the effect it would have on men, and women who were thought to be luring men in with scents, makeup, wigs or other cosmetics were thought to be performing the devils’ work by inciting lustfulness. Even the Queen took a hard stance on makeup, calling it “impolite.”
  4. On Nov. 26, 1916 birth control activist Margaret Sanger was arrested for distributing birth control information. While Sanger’s views on race are questionable, her efforts to provide women with control over their reproduction were not. Birth control is still a hot issue among many, with some conservative groups condemning it altogether.
  5. Think that factory work was always done by men? In fact, during the 19th century, factory workers were primarily young, single women. Men and married women stayed home to work the farm or manage the house.
  6. Until 1846, the practice of obstetrics was a female-dominated field. It was then that most medical colleges decided women could not attend and the newly founded American Medical Association barred women. Legislation intended to regulate the medical profession also made it nearly impossible for young women to pursue a medical career. Today, however, obstetrics is a female-dominated field once again.
  7. Betsy Ross probably didn’t make the first American flag. While she may have been a flagmaker, patriot and businesswoman of note, there is little evidence to suggest that Betsy Ross actually made the first flag. In fact, the first retellings of this story didn’t happen until years after her death.

Innovative Women
These women came up with new and innovative ideas well worth reading about.

  1. In 1903, Mary Anderson was granted a patent for the windshield wiper. It would become standard equipment on cars by 1916. She isn’t alone in her inventiveness. Women have also invented such things as industrial lathes, white out, bras, non-reflective glass, the dishwasher, disposable diapers, petroleum refining methods and much, much more.
  2. Amelia Jenks Bloomer didn’t invent the bloomer, but she helped popularize this new article of clothing in the early 1850’s, which now bears her name, that would help women be more active and free in their movement. Unfortunately, the style was much ridiculed and Bloomer had to revert to traditional dresses by 1859, but she remained an active member of suffrage movements throughout her life.
  3. 40s movie actress, Hedy Lamarr wasn’t just a pretty face, she was also an inventor. Hoping to find a way to contribute to the war effort during World War II, Lamarr developed a radio-controlled torpedo device which used “frequency hopping” to prevent the signals from the torpedoes from being jammed. While the technology wasn’t adopted for WWII, it was used in subsequent conflicts.
  4. Susan Kare developed most of the interface elements for Apple Macintosh. You might not think that women have played a huge role in the development of computer technology, but in this case you’d be wrong. Kare helped develop the bulk of those little icons early Mac users clicked on every day. Kare left Apple in the 80’s, and is still working with innovating new technologies and improving design.