211 Years Later, The 1st Woman To Earn A Patent Continues To Shape Easter Celebrations

Every Easter, people all over the world unknowingly pay homage to the first woman to obtain a U.S. patent, Mary Dixon Kies.

Before the passage of the Married Women’s Property Acts, American women did not have the legal right to own and profit from their inventions. Despite these sexist realities, in 1809, Ms. Kies became the first American woman to obtain a patent in her name.

Her patent represents about .5% of the 203 total patents issued that year. This percentage is sadly reflective of the overall percentage of patents received by women throughout the 1800s. Of the 681,000 U.S. patents granted from 1800 – 1899,

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