Hi everyone! For my third post in the Black History Month series, I’m gonna focus on black women. There are so many things in our society that we use everyday, and often take for granted And quite a few of these things were created by black women! Wrongfully so, black women were not given credit for such things. In this post, I’m gonna tell you about five items that were created by black women–and some of these may surprise you!
Many of you all are from warmer climates in the world, and this next one have not be as essential. However, that doesn’t compromize the intelligence it took to create such a thing. Alice H. Parker designed a natural gas-fueled heating furnace! Her designed was patented in December 1919, and this innovative design led to the thermostat that’s in most homes today.
NASA data analyst Valerie Thomas created and patented the illusion transmitter. She discovered that concave mirrors create the illusion of 3-dimensional objects. She experimented with these mirrors and wanted to transmit the illusion. Her design was patented in 1980.
Imagine having to memorize every number! Well, that’s what it would be like without Dr. Shirley Jackson. Fun fact: she was the first African-American woman to graduate from MIT with a Ph.D.
Laser Cataract Surgery
Making the blind see isn’t something just anyone’s capable of. Dr. Patricia Bath made this possible by creating and patenting a device called “The Laserphaco Probe”. Graduated from Howard University, a historically black university, Dr.Bath is the first black female doctor to hold a medical patent.
Mary Kenner created the sanitary belt in 1952 but it wasn’t patented for 30 years, because the initially interested company rejected her design when they learned Kenner was a black woman. She also invented the tissue holder in 1956, as well as a wall mounted back washer
Madam C.J. Walker
In conclusion, I wanted to mention Madam C.J. Walker. She was THE FIRST self-made female millionaire! After suffering from a scalp ailment, Walker started her own cosmetics and haircare line. She also owned a training school, and manufacturing company, and multiple salons.
Wanna check out another black history month series? My poem “Blatant Lull” was featured in the black history month online series by the Youth National Organization for Women! Take a look here.