"Proving Modern Women Also Have Ideas," reads this page from the 1937 issue of Modern Mechanix, which features five brainy broads: Mrs. Sophie Baikusis is "the most inventive employee" of the General Electric plant at Schenectady, N. Y. The widowed mother of two earned bonuses with 80 suggestions in the radio department. Miss Beulah Louise Henry of New York filed 43 patents for inventions ranging from dolls to sewing machines — and a snap-on parasol that permits a woman to have an umbrella to match each frock. Though only 14 years old, Miss Jane Plant worked as a "grease monkey" at the Candler Airport in Atlanta, GA, and Mrs. Mary Brusseau of Windsor, Ontario invented the illumiphone, a telephone stand of modern design which lights upon lifting of the receiver. Nice work, ladies! [Modern Mechanix]
@LipService: I had a lot of Puritan ancestors, with names like Patience, Comfort, Experience for the women, and Shadrach, Elijah, and Jerusha for the men. Scratch that, I think Jerusha was a woman. Come on, what Puritan names a daughter Experience?