Categories: Business and Industry, Invention and Technology, Women
The Inventive Minds of Connecticut Women: Patents in the 19th Century
In 1809, a Connecticut resident received the first US patent issued to a woman, but it would not be until after 1840 that women’s patents made their mark in the United States Patent Office. Between 1790 and 1930, Connecticut residents were issued the most patents in the US per capita, many of them inventions by women. From improvements in skirt elevators, to the invention of a rotary cutter, to a combined bath and bureau, women’s patents helped change the way we lived, worked, and played both in the state and around the country.