• Staff Writer


Over the last century, many inventions globally have been game changers for women. Today, we honour 5 of these men and the inventions assigned to their names - greatly changing the landscape for women in terms of time spent on household chores and ourselves.

Jack Lippes

While intrauterine devices (IUD's) were invented in the 19th century, they only really became popular in the late 1950s, when flexible plastic devices were developed by Jack Lippes and his colleagues. This can be one of the best methods of birth control for many- particularly in terms of safety, reversibility, and efficacy- and since this responsibility predominantly falls on women, we salute you Jack!

Hamilton Smith

While James King patented the first washing machine to use a drum in 1851, it was still hand powered. In 1858, Hamilton Smith patented the rotarywashing machine. Washing machines themselves only entered the US market in the early 1900s, and it took awhile for these to be available to common families. This meant woman could spend less time on this household task, and Smith earns a special honour for making scrubbing those dirty socks a lot easier!

Rudi Gernreich

Although many historians believe that the thong first appeared in the 1939 World's Fair, Rudi Gernreich has been credited with introducing the first thong bikini in 1974. Gernreich was an avant-garde clothing designer generally regarded as the most innovative and dynamic fashion of the 1960s. Thanks to Rudi, women can effortlessly wear tight pants and dresses without that any annoying seam lines showing through.

Eugène Schueller

Eugène Paul Louis Schueller was a French pharmacist and entrepreneur who was the founder of L'Oréal. Schueller is recognized for creating the first synthetic hair dye in 1907. Considering the unrelenting standards we continue to hold women to - particularly as they age - hair dye has become a key piece of hiding those greys and rejecting that aging process.

Earl Haus

The initial discovery of the telescoping cardboard "applicator tampon" was developed and patented by Colorado doctor Earl Haas in 1931. Nevermind it was a woman, Gertrude Tendrich, who bought the patent and started to produce it, expanding from sewing tampons at home to distributing them under the now-famous brand name, without Earl who knows where we’d be!


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