Feminine Ingenuity: How Women Inventors Changed America

Feminine Ingenuity: How Women Inventors Changed America

by Anne L. MacDonald

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Feminine Ingenuity: How Women Inventors Changed America by Anne L. MacDonald

"Written with clarity and a lively eye both for detail and for the progress of feminism in the United States."
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307775498
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/15/2010
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 540
Sales rank: 1,018,025
File size: 17 MB
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About the Author

Anne L. Macdonald was for fifteen years chairperson of the history department of the National Cathedral School in Washington, D.C. She was the author of No Idle Hands: The Social History of American Knitting and Feminine Ingenuity: Women and Invention in America. She died in 2016.

Table of Contents

Introductionxvii
1.Foremothers of American Invention3
2.After the War: Inventing Within Woman's Sphere24
3.New Fields of Invention48
4.Centennial Sisterhood71
5.Patenting Dress Reform103
6.Publicizing, Proselytizing, and Educating: Uplifting the Position of Women Begins117
7.Inventing Outside and Beyond Woman's Sphere146
8.Celebrating Women's Ingenuity: Expositions, Fairs, and Patent Office Lists167
9.Still a Long Way to Go191
10.Patenting Know-how215
11."New Women" in a New Century240
12.Hope Springs Eternal269
13.Same Song, Second Verse287
14.Depression, War, and Peace307
15.The Modern Woman Inventor333
16.Patents Pending?367
AppendixPatents of Women Inventors Cited in Text383
Notes395
Bibliography445
Index493

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