I'm interested in scads of topics, and it seems I'm always running into interesting tidbits. I'd like to share some with you. I promise they'll always have at least a fleeting relevance to the day at hand.
May 5, 2011
May 5: First Patent Awarded to Woman in US, 1809
On May 5, 1809, the first patent to a woman was given by the US Patent Office. Women had been eligible to receive patents since 1790, but this was the first one awarded. It was for a technique to make straw hats. Read article here.
Pictured: portrait of Philippine Bohmer by Ferdinand Georg Waldmuller, about 1817.