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Notable Women Innovators & Inventors

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This is a list of notable and distinguished women innovators and inventors, whose noteworthy contributions have enabled numerous advancements in today's modern world. It is worthwhile to note that this list may not include many early women inventors - simply because during good old days in USA, a woman could not obtain a patent in her own name. A patent was considered a "property", and until the late 1800s women were forbidden in most states from owning property or entering into legal agreements in their own names. Often a woman's property would be registered in the name of her father or husband during those days. Today with changes in legal policies, equal opportunity of education and research, as well as with many women leading scientific research teams and coming up with breakthroughs, this situation has changed rapidly and very positively. There is indeed a significant increase in the number of innovations and inventions that are conceived and developed by women worldwide. This list is aimed to pay tribute to and honor the creativity and genius of these outstanding women innovators and inventors.
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    Ellen O. Ochoa (born May 10, 1958) is an American engineer, former astronaut and former Director of the Johnson Space Center. Ochoa became director of the center upon the retirement of the previous director, Michael Coats, on December 31, 2012. In 1993 Ochoa became the first Hispanic woman to go to space when she served on a nine-day mission aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery....  more
  • Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi (Hindi: [ˈɪndɪraː ˈɡaːndʱiː] (listen); née Nehru; 19 November 1917 – 31 October 1984) was an Indian politician, stateswoman and a central figure of the Indian National Congress. She was the first and, to date, the only female Prime Minister of India. Indira Gandhi was the daughter of Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of India. She served as Prime Minister from January 1966 to March 1977 and again from January 1980 until her assassination in October 1984, making her the second longest-serving Indian Prime Minister, after her father.Gandhi served as her father's personal assistant and hostess during his tenure as Prime Minister between 1947 and 1964. She...  more
  • Ann A. Kiessling is an American reproductive biologist and one of the leaders in human parthenogenic stem cell research at The Bedford Research Foundation. She was an Associate Professor in teaching hospitals of Harvard Medical School (Brigham and Women's Hospital, Faulkner Hospital, New England Deaconess, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center) from 1985 until 2012....  more
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    Julie Newmar (born August 16, 1933) is an American actress, dancer, and singer, known for a variety of stage, screen, and television roles as well as a writer, lingerie inventor, and real estate mogul. She won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her role as Katrin Sveg in the 1958 Broadway production of The Marriage-Go-Round, and reprised the role in the 1961 film version. In the 1960s, she starred for two seasons as Catwoman in the television series Batman (1966–1967). Her other stage credits include the Ziegfeld Follies in 1956, and playing Lola in Damn Yankees! (1961) and Irma in Irma la Douce (1965) in regional productions. Newmar appeared in the music video for...  more