12 Essential Modern Inventions By Women Who You've Probably Never Heard Of

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Women have had a pretty significant role in the history of human invention. A lot of stuff in modern life, from WiFi to coffee filters to AIDS drugs, was invented by women — but their roles are kept so quiet that people tend to be surprised. I know I was. Particularly in male-dominated areas like science and medicine, the contribution of women has often been overlooked or sidelined, and their male counterparts rewarded with far more ease.

So we're making a change. Marvel at the ingenuity of these seriously brainy ladies, share this list around, and give them the appreciation they deserve.

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