Patently Female: From AZT to TV Dinners, Stories of Women Inventors and Their Breakthrough Ideas / Edition 1

Patently Female: From AZT to TV Dinners, Stories of Women Inventors and Their Breakthrough Ideas / Edition 1

by Ethlie Ann Vare, Greg Ptacek
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Patently Female: From AZT to TV Dinners, Stories of Women Inventors and Their Breakthrough Ideas 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
WorldReader1111 More than 1 year ago
I liked 'Patently Female,' overall. It is, first, well-written and easy to read, with a clear, functional format that is appropriate to the content. The author writes with a personable, human voice that avoids the flat, robotic tone often encountered in such books. Also, the text is, I felt, complete and substantial despite its brevity; the list-like subsections, though condensed for reasons of length and focus, remain factual enough to be informative. Reading through, I didn't feel to be deprived of vital information by the sections' shortened length, again unlike some "collection"-type books (which can, in my experience, often come off as distorted, and distanced from the actuality of what's being described, due to an overly brief treatment). Likewise, I simply enjoyed the book's subject matter, finding the listings of various female-originating inventions to be equally informative, educational, and entertaining. I also liked the secondary, offshoot stories presented by those of the inventions, which added a pleasing compliment of historical and human substance. Thus, from a literary perspective, 'Patently' is, in my opinion, a success. However, what I liked most was a deeper, subtler dimension to the book, constructed from the collective tapestry knit by the many individual stories contained within. Namely, the book, when seen in whole, offers the reader a rather valuable lesson: as a study of the inventive process and its often-random and unplanned nature, from our inventions' unlikely origins to their similarly unforeseen effects, and all the obscure and fantastic logistics in between -- much to be learned, here. In the end, 'Patently' outlines the essence of creation and evolution in general, demonstrated through the microcosm of our gadgets and novelties yet applicable on a universal scale. In this sense, I found the book to be unexpectedly enlightening (delightfully so). If I had to list a complaint about 'Patently Female,' it would be that the book contains some bias. At times, I sensed the narration to depart from mere female emphasis to female favor, thus lapsing into a subtle-yet-present anti-male prejudice (ironically, not unlike the pro-male prejudice that the author often accuses the historical establishment of exhibiting, such that the text works to perpetuate that very same dysfunction and inequality, albeit with reversed poles). Though, this was a minor flaw, and had little to no effect on the greater text. I am sincerely grateful to this book's author, subjects, and publisher. I have benefited from your work and service.
NAVO More than 1 year ago
The author encourages not only women of all ages but also young children to be inventors. Additionally she mentions the imagination, invention, creation, discovery and development of several products by women, who came up with their bright ideas and experimental solutions which eventually became products that are still in use today. In the beginning, their works focused on agricultural products such as the cotton gin and the grain harvester. The second example includes women’s products like bras, the space suit and the ingredients of a cereal starch which combined knowledge of biochemistry and microbiology. Another example is the cure for many diseases such as childhood Leukemia, treatments for gout and herpes and the first drug for AIDs.I definitely recommend all women and young children read this book.