Many Americans have a dishwasher in their kitchen. But who invented it? Meet Josephine Garis Cochrane: entrepreneur, innovator, girlboss. Washing dishes is a pain — plus it leaves Josephine's cups cracked, her dishes dinged, and her chowder bowls chipped. She’d rather be picking flowers, frosting cakes, or playing piano than dealing with cracked crockery. What to do about a chore that’s icky, destructive, and time-consuming? Josephine tackles this task the modern way: she makes a machine to do it for her!
She tinkers and tests, and perseveres through fizzles and flops — until she has a government patent for her invention, and there are whirring, whizzing, bubbling dishwashers making a splash across America. This charming tale about the brains behind one of the world's most-used kitchen appliances, includes an author’s note, a list of notable women inventors, a timeline of fascinating inventions, and a list of sources.
"Further difficulties ensued as Josephine attempted to start a manufacturing business, as investors would not back a woman. But when her dishwashing machine won first prize at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893, she was on her way to great success supplying dishwashers to hotels, restaurants, schools, and hospitals, always improving with more patents.... A wonderfully realized introduction to a fascinating, long-overlooked woman." — Kirkus Reviews
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|Mar 14, 2023