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Contributions of Women

December 9, 2010

In John Stuart Mills, The Subjection of Women, he argues very strongly the women should not be oppressed under men and should be treated equally. He states in chapter one “ I deny that any one knows or can know, the nature of the two sexes, as long as they have only been seen in their present relation to one another. Until conditions of equality exist, no one can possibly assess the natural differences between women and men, distorted as they have been. What is natural to the two sexes can only be found out by allowing both to develop and use their faculties freely.”

With out the strong arguments that Mill presents about women being as equally talented as men, who knows where the world would be today? Mill felt strongly that the education of women would have also have positive benefits for men.Female competition and companionship would result in intellectual development. Therefore, if both men and women are undergoing intellectual development, it got me thinking as to how women have contributed to the development of our world.


In 1886, just 17 years after The Subjection of Women was published, Josephine Cochran invented the first dishwasher. She first unveiled it at the 1893 World Fair. She found a company to manufacture her product, which eventually become the modern day brand KitchenAid.


Bette Nesmith Graham Invented Liquid Paper,which we know as white out during the 20th century.



Dr.Temple Grandin was the inventor of Animal Handling Systems.


The Barbie Doll, was invented by a women named Ruth Handler. Barbie was named after the nickname of her daughter,Barbra, and later Ken was made and named after her son.


Lyda Newman was the inventor of the first hair brush with synthetic bristles. Her invention was designed to promote ventilation provide storage for excess hair.


In 1956 Patsy Sherman invented Scotchgard Stain Repellent. She stumbled upon this invention in a lab mishap, while working on fluorochemicals for the 3M Company.


The Chocolate cookie was also invented by a women named Ruth Wakefield. In 1930, she was mixing a batch of cookies and substituted broken pieces of Nestle chocolate for bakers chocolate.


Though these are just a few inventions made by women, I wanted to show that Women are capable of creating wonderful things. My point is, though these inventions may not have changed the world drastically, they have still played a part in developing our way of life. If Mill’s didn’t stand behind his argument of women being just as intellectually capable as men, we wouldn’t have the many inventions that we have today.



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