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Practical Minded Women Quiz

We take most of the things in our life for granted, never stop and think about how our lives would look like without some common items. Disposing trash is more easier with the foot-pedal trash can and driving on the rainy weather is not difficult with windshield wipers. Somebody invented that to make our lives easier. Some ladies, to be precise. You see, men are responsible for many scientific discoveries, but women are those who thought about small, practical inventions that could save time and make our lives easier. So, let’s see how many of those “practical minded” women are still remembered.

  • Although its inventor Josephine Cochrane never used it herself, she made life easier for her servants. What did she invent?

    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Espresso machine
  • Lillian Gilbreth is most famous for her pioneering work in efficiency management and ergonomics with her husband, Frank. But we’re all grateful for another practical invention. What did she invent?

    • Foot-pedal trash can
    • Electric stove
    • Kitchen sink
  • Drivers were skeptical when Mary Anderson invented this. Cadillac was the first to include them in every car model, and other companies soon followed. What did she invent?

    • Baby seat
    • Safety belt
    • Windshield wipes
  • A weaver named Tabitha Babbitt made a prototype of this practical asset and attached it to her spinning wheel in 1813. What did she invent?

    • Sawing machine
    • Circular saw
    • Ice cream mixer
  • This invention by Sarah E. Goode, made her the first African-American woman, in 1885, with a U.S. patent. What did she invent?

    • Folding cabinet bed
    • Kitchen cabinet
    • Drawing desk
  • Grace Hopper and Howard Aiken designed a five-ton, room-sized machine in 1944. Hopper invented the compiler that translated written language into computer code and was part of the team that developed COBOL. What did she invented?

    • Large hadron collider
    • Ultra sound telescope
    • Computer
  • Marion Donovan changed parenting and well, babies forever with her invention, in 1951. What did she invent?

    • Baby pawder
    • Disposable diapers
    • Wet wipes
  • In 1868, a cotton mill worker Margaret Knight invented a machine to make this more than useful item for every grocery store. What did her machine produce?

    • Aprons
    • Kitchen towels
    • Paper bags

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  1. I love this quiz! And I did much better than I expected, with 6 right out of 8 πŸ™‚ Some of the answers were a surprise, like I thought disposable nappies (diapers) were a much later invention than 1950s, and I am really astonished about how late the paper bag was invented. How did they manage before that??!!

    • Thanks for the compliment. πŸ™‚ It was really surprising for me that some, more complicated inventions, are made earlier than a simple paper bag. In fact, there were paper bags that looked like envelopes and weren’t so practical to use. Margaret Knight invented machine that made flat bottom paper bags, as we know them now. πŸ™‚

      • When I was a teenager, I worked in the summer in a shop, where I would pack customers’ purchases into large paper bags. Years later those bags were entirely replaced by plastic bags. But now we have come around 360 degrees and are using paper bags again, as there is an ecological tax here on plastic bags πŸ™‚

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