Minneapolis: Oliver Press Inc., 1993. Second Printing. A Fine Hardcover in a "library" binding.
No Flaws or Blemishes; Gift Quality. 8vo; 9.25 inches tall; 159 pages with an index. Illustrated with b/w photos. For grades 6-10.
New / No Dust Jacket As Issued. Item #15856
Interesting facts about 10 obscure American women who invented famous things fill the pages of this very readable book.
Elizabeth Pinckney of the eighteenth century was responsible for the development of the commercial crop of indigo, the mainstay of the Southern economy before cotton. In the nineteenth century,
Fannie Farmer invented the modern-day cookbook with standardized measures instead of "a handful of flour, and a lump of butter."
Elizabeth Lucas Pickney who developed an indigo plant that produced a superior dye;
Madam C. J. Walker who invented hair-care products for black women and used her considerable fortune to enhance the lives of others;
Bette Graham who invented "liquid paper";
Grace Hopper - inventor of the computer compiler; Ruth Handler who created the Barbie doll.
Also profiled are Martha Coston (signal flares); Fannie Farmer (Standardized recipes); S. Josephine Baker (child hygiene); Barbara McClintock (Nobel Prize-winning scientist); and Stephanie Kwolek (Kevlar - used in bullet-proof vests).
Each informative chapter is devoted to the life of one remarkable woman.