“I’m not surprised at what I’ve done. I’m only sorry I couldn’t have had as good a chance as a boy and have been put to my trade regularly.”
Margaret Knight, 19th Century American Inventor
Paternalistic writers of the late 19th century felt it was a compliment to characterize Margaret Knight as, “The Thomas Edison of female inventors,” “a female Edison” and “Lady Edison.”
Despite the sexism of the 1800s, Ms. Knight was a successful inventor, filing patents over a 42-year span (1870 to 1912). With only an elementary school education, she created at least 89 inventions, 22 of which she patented in the U.S.
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