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1. Hair Loss Prevention

Hair Loss Prevention

Madam C. J. Walker, the first self-made Black female millionaire in the United States, was one of six children. Adult hair loss propelled her to seek a way to restore her hair’s health. She developed a product that treated the scalp and promoted hair growth. The hair products became increasingly popular, being sold under the Madam C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company.

2. Sanitary Pads

Sanitary Pads

On May 15, 1956, Mary Kenner was awarded a patent for her invention of the sanitary belt. Kenner was only 18 years old. Nearly three years later, on April 14, 1959, Kenner was awarded another patent for inventing a sanitary belt that was constructed with a moisture proof napkin pocket.

3. The Hairbrush

The Hairbrush

In 1898, Lyda D. Newman improved upon the hair brush by creating one that was durable, easier to clean and added proper ventilation with recessed air pockets.

4. The Ironing Board

The Ironing Board

Built with a narrow wood board, a padded cover and collapsible legs, Sarah Boone’s ironing board rid Americans of the need to place a slab of wood across two chairs to iron wrinkles out of their clothes. Boone’s ironing board was patented on April 26, 1892.

5. The Curling Iron

The Curling Iron

In 1983, Theora Stephens, a professional hairdresser created the curling iron. Thanks sis! We can’t imagine taming our mane without it.

6. Cataract Corrective Surgery

Cataract Corrective Surgery

In addition to being the inventor of the cataract Laserphacoprobe (a medical device used to remove cataracts from the eye), in 1974, Dr. Patricia Bath became the first woman ophthalmologist appointed to the UCLA’s School of Medicine eye institute. Nine years later, in 1983, Dr. Bath became the first woman to chair an ophthalmology residency program in America.