Bessie Blount Griffin supplied not solely medical help for wounded troopers throughout WW2 however in the end created a tool which supplied them with the dignity of with the ability to feed themselves independently after shedding their limbs. Image by way of Tumbler

By Sis. Tarpley, NDG Religion Editor

Each 12 months we take outing to acknowledge the achievements of ladies who’ve formed historical past, expertise, healthcare and extra. We invite readers to transcend the headline names they’re maybe conversant in and uncover the numerous African American ladies and others who’ve created merchandise, providers and gadgets we use day by day.

Bessie Blount Griffin, Physical Therapist and Inventor who labored with injured troopers throughout World War II.  She acknowledged their want and want to do extra on their very own, and he or she invented an assistive system that permitted individuals who had misplaced limbs to feed themselves.

Sarah E. Goode was the primary Black girl to be granted a patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, for her invention of a folding cupboard mattress in 1885.  She confirmed different Black ladies the chances.

Marie Van Brittan Brown, a nurse and who invented a precursor to the trendy residence TV safety system.  The crime price was excessive in Brown’s neighborhood, and the native police didn’t all the time reply to emergencies. The Browns filed a patent for his or her closed-circuit tv safety system in 1966, and it was authorized on December 2, 1969.

Sheila Lynn Jeter, patents for making a nonlever pushed toaster; hand-held, multi-functional gadgets in a single housing together with a stapler, staple remover, pencil sharpener, gap punch, calculator, tape measure, architectural and engineering scale.

Lyda Newman, an inventor and girls’s rights activist.  She acquired a patent for an improved mannequin of hairbrush.  She additionally fought for ladies’s proper to vote, working with well-known ladies’s suffrage activists.

Alice Parker, a heating unit that may heat up your own home and regulate its temperature. The heating furnace supplied central warmth all through a home.

Shirley Ann Jackson, she first developed an curiosity in science and arithmetic throughout her childhood; a graduate of MIT she acquired a bachelor, and doctoral diploma, all within the subject of physics; she was the primary Black girl to earn a Ph.D. from MIT. Jackson additionally fostered advances in telecommunications inventing the moveable fax, touch-tone phone, photo voltaic cells, fiber optic cables, and the expertise behind caller ID and name ready. She fostered advances in telecommunications inventing the moveable fax, contact tone phone, photo voltaic cells, fiber optic cables, and the expertise behind caller ID and name ready.

Annie Easley, she was a pc scientist, mathematician, and rocket scientist. She was a number one member of the workforce which developed software program in Computer Codes for the Centaur rocket stage and one of many first Blacks to work as a pc scientist at NASA. She began working for NASA in 1955 for the Lewis Research Center of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and retired 34 years later.

Madeline M. Turner was an American inventor. She invented Turner’s Fruit-Press, which paved the way in which for additional growth of the fruit press. She was granted U.S. Patent 1,180,959 in April 25, 1916 and exhibited her invention on the Panama–California Exposition. Turner lived in Oakland, California. Her fruit press allowed fruit to be pushed into a gap and lower in half. The fruit can be shifted between completely different plates till juiced. The press resembled a type of an meeting line. The fruit press was known as “ingenious” by a patent evaluate committee member.

Erica Baker, (born 1980) is an engineer and engineering supervisor within the San Francisco Bay Area, well-known for being outspoken in help of variety and inclusion. She has labored at a number of corporations, together with Google.  She attained notoriety in 2015 for revealing that she had began an inside spreadsheet the place Google staff reported their wage knowledge, to raised perceive pay disparities throughout the firm.

Based on the spreadsheet, plenty of her colleagues had been in a position to negotiate pay raises. Baker reported that plenty of her colleagues despatched her peer bonuses for beginning the spreadsheet, however her peer bonuses had been denied by administration. The spreadsheet sparked dialogue on Google’s pay disparities, non-transparency in pay dedication, and potential gender and ethnicity differentials in pay.

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