Women are the Mothers of Invention

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The United Nations recently released a statement declaring that 2022 is a “pivotal” year for “achieving gender equality in the context of climate change, and environmental and disaster risk reduction, which are some of the greatest global challenges of the twenty-first century.” Furthermore, “without gender equality today, a sustainable future, and an equal future, remains beyond our reach.”

Such a statement could not be more true considering the state of the world for women right now. Women are still earning 84% of what men earn in similar roles, as per a Pew Research study. The pandemic forced millions of women out of the workforce and many have not yet returned. The number of women in political power in comparison with men remains abysmal, with a recent study noting that of the “35,500 parliamentary seats across 156 countries,” only “26.1% were held by women.” 

All of this is to say: Progress is still happening and true gender parity has yet to crest the horizon. But while we meditate on how best to proceed, it’s important during both Women’s History Month and on International Women’s Day (March 8) to remember how far we’ve come. It’s equally important to see where we’ve been and celebrate the trailblazers who took us from point A to point B.

In honor of this journey, we’d like to pay homage to five female inventors whose achievements have not only carved paths for women where there weren’t paths previously, but also changed the world as a whole. 

The Bottom Line 

Women throughout history have helped afford women of today more opportunities to hold powerful positions, receive better education and pay, and much more. While we still have a long way to go before we achieve true gender equality, let Women’s History Month be a time to reflect on all the greats before us who allowed us to build a better world today and an even better future for the women and girls of tomorrow. 

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Rose Low

Rose Low is a writer based in New York, with a background in social media strategy and reporting. She has a Masters from NYU and a love for romantic comedies. See Full Bio

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