Do you love chocolate chip cookies? What about your smartphone? You can thank women for both of those items. Things you never realized were invented by women run the gamut from disposable diapers to windshield wipers. We enjoy many modern-day luxuries because a woman stood up and said, "There must be a better way to do things." Other staples created by accident (like over beloved chocolate chip cookies) are so embedded in the fabric of our lives we can't imagine a time when they didn't exist.
It's no secret that life was tough for women in the 19th and early 20th centuries, but that didn't stop women from deciding they'd had enough of cold baths, restrictive corsets, and unsafe buildings. Kind of like Vanilla Ice, these pioneering women stood up and said, "If there was a problem, yo I'll solve it." And solve problems they did. Women are responsible for some of the most important inventions in history.
Unfortunately, women were not allowed to acquire patents in their names until the 1800s, so we'll never really know how many women are responsible for inventions that improved the lives of millions. That being said, we can still celebrate those who bucked societal norms, and created these nine inventions you never realized were invented by women.