It should come as no surprise to anyone by now that women contribute to every last facet of society, every last nook and cranny of every business, every last piece of the world in interesting and invaluable ways. They run businesses, they’re inventors, they’re teachers and mothers and scientists and literally everything in between.

And without these 10 women, we’d be without some pretty essential things we take for granted every single day.

10. LGBTQ rights.

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Transgender Day of Remembrance- Marsha P. Johnson at Pride March NYC 1977. I didn’t realize this beautiful person emanating pride was Marsha until @paulmoakley identified her in 2019. I just saw a radiant human being and asked to take her picture. #marshapjohnson #transgender #transgenderdayofremembrance #lgbtq #pride #equality #nyc #1970s #bw #streetphotography #womeninstreet #womenstreetphotographers #analogue

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Marsha P. Johnson was a gender non-conforming drag queen who helped found the Gay Liberation Front and played a central role in the 1969 Stonewall Riots.

She continued to advocate until her death in 1992. If you want to know more about the way she paved a path for LGBTQ rights, there are more than a few documentaries you could nab.

9. Tollhouse Chocolate Chip Cookies.

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6/17 Happy Birthday #ruthgraveswakefield When she removed the pan from the oven, Wakefield realized that she had accidentally invented “chocolate chip cookies.” @nestletollhouse #chocolatechipcookies #accident #inventor #cookiedough #livingfamously

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Ruth Graves Wakefield ran the Toll House Inn with her husband in the 1930s, and noticed that her customers really loved her butterscotch nut cookie.

She set about experimenting with something different, originally figuring to work with melted chocolate in a dough. Ruth ran out of time, though, and ended up crushing a Nestle bar with an ice pick and using the “chips” in the dough instead.

Props to Ruth and whoever pissed her off enough that day that she felt the need to go at a chocolate bar with an ice pick.

8. Monopoly.

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Today is #NationalPlayMonopolyDay! In 2017 we had this gold Monopoly board on display as part of the exhibition "Jeweled Objects of Desire" which featured objects from the private collection of Sidney Mobell. Mobell created the gameboard in 1988 out of 24-karat gold. The cards, game pieces, hotels and houses are all handmade in solid 18-karat gold and are also set with gemstones. The history of the board game, "Monopoly," can be traced back to the early 20th century. The earliest known version of the game, known as "The Landlord’s Game," was designed by American, Elizabeth “Lizzie” Magie, and first patented in 1904, although Charles Darrow is credited with the game’s invention. Today the game is distributed by Hasbro, which also distributes all of the games developed by Milton Bradley. . #AtTheMuseums #Monopoly #SidneyMobell #TheLandlordsGame #Hasbro #LizzieMagie #CharlesDarrow #BoardGames #Game #JeweledObjectsOfDesire #Gold #Gemstones #Gems

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Love it or hate it, Monopoly has played a role in most of our lives. Lizzie Magie was an American writer and game designer who invented a game called The Landlord’s Game back in 1904.

It involved players creating wealth and forming monopolies, and was a direct inspiration for the family game night staple we all love to hate.

7. Coffee filters.

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Happy Monday! So all of our Mondays are better because of this lady, Melitta Bentz, the inventor of the coffee filter! Annoyed with always finding coffee grounds in her cup of joe, this German housewife found a way to a smoother experience in 1908 that we still use today. Something we can all be grateful for on a daily basis! Day 2 of my #portraitchallenge_2019 – Scientist (inventor) . Thanks to @ohn_mar_win and @augustwren for hosting the challenge! . @melittausa @melitta_deutschland #melittacoffee #biography #portraitillustration #coffeehistory #inventor #womeninventors #coffee #melittabentz

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If you really enjoy your morning (and mid-morning and afternoon) cups of coffee without grounds floating in them, thank Melitta Bentz. She was a German housewife who hated grounds in her coffee, and didn’t stop trying until she figured out the perfect way to filter them out.

It was a page from her son’s school book, and she filed for the patent in 1908.

6. CCTV.

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Living in a neighbourhood that was prone to crime, with little or no Police intervention, Marie Van Brittan Brown, feeling very uncomfortable with the situation, took it upon herself to patent the modern home security system. And that technological invention has been in use all over the world, for more than 50 years. She was a nurse, and her husband was an electronics technician. She worked long hours and often got back home at night – to a crime-prone neighbourhood of Jamaica, Queens, in New York City. Her husband, Albert Brown, was hardly home on many nights due to the nature of his work. His absence and that of the police (in the neighbourhood) prompted her to desire a way to see and hear who was at the door from anywhere she was in the house. #seekfoundation #stem #womeninstem #MarieVanBrittan Brown #nurse

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Criminals around the world probably don’t love Marie Van Brittan, but the rest of us should – in the 1960s, she was frustrated at how long it took police to respond to complaints in her neighborhood and took matters into her own hands.

Wanting to feel safe, Marie created a closed-circuit security unit that monitored visitors through a camera and projection system, and received a patent in 1969.

5. Sanitary napkins.

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“She invented the sanitary belt with moisture-proof napkin pocket. The sanitary napkin wasn't used until 1956, thirty years after she had first invented it. The company that first showed interest in her invention rejected it after they discovered that she was an African American woman. “ Learn more about Mary Beatrice Davidson Kenner….#inventor . #herstory #marykenner

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Around 1926, an African-American woman named Mary Kenner figured there had to be a better way to deal with period flow than a rag in her underwear. She developed an adjustable belt with a built-in pocket.

Her genius invention was pretty much ignored since Mary was black, and wasn’t patented until 1056.

4. Edible ice cream cones.

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Proof that modern publishers don't always have the edge when it comes to book design. Isn't that polar bear fabulous?. . I'm obliged to Stefano from @italianhomecooking for reminding me about Mrs Marshall's cucumber ice cream recipes. I really must have a go while we're still awash with them. . . I'm guessing Mrs M's will be an improvement on my attempt at a cucumber sorbet, which came out of the freezer so hard I could have offered it as a solution to the melting polar icecaps.

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Can you imagine ice cream without cones? Well, thanks to Agnes “Queen of Ices” Marshall you’ve never had to – she founded a popular central London cookery in the mid-19th century, and in her 1888 cookbook, shared a recipe for “cornets with cones.”

It’s the first publication of its type, and obviously, genius.

3. WiFi.

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In 1940, Austrian actress Hedy Lamarr worked with composer George Antheil to develop a device that would allow radio transmissions to go undetected by the Nazis during the war, thereby preventing attacks.

She received no recognition or cash at the time, and doesn’t hold the resulting patent. The invention led to the WiFi and Bluetooth technology we use today.

2. Windshield wipers.

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This woman’s ingenuity was ahead of her time. When she first presented her invention, nobody took her seriously. Now it’s on every car. . . #Invention #WomenInventors #WindshieldWipers #MaryAnderson #Science #DidYouKnow #Knowledge #WomenPower #InspirationalWomen #SeriousWomenAsia

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Do you enjoy being able to see while you drive on a rainy day? So did Mary Anderson, a NYC real estate developer in the early 20th century.

She noticed how hard it was to see while driving in the snow and developed a hand-operated tool to keep the windshield clear. She patented the idea in 1903.

1. Central heating.

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It's cold today huh?… a Blackman created the in home radiator (see previous post) then some years later this black woman upgrade it to a central heating system …..also she gave you the control for it, yes the thermostat……stay warm & give thanks twice. …. Cuz yeah. … A black woman did that……. Lear her name ?????????????? Reposted from Alice H. Parker (b. 1895) was an African American inventor known for her contribution to the heating furnace. She invented a furnace that supplied central heating for entire homes and buildings, which was patented on December 23, 1919. #aliceparker #blackqueen #blackgirlmagic #blackgreatness #blackexcellence #dreaminblack #supportblackwomen #drkingsilky #already #blackgirlmagic #blackfacts365

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In 1919, natural gas was used for industrial heating purposes, but it hadn’t been considered for use in residential homes. Alice Parker was an African American woman from New Jersey, and she had the idea of using a centrally located heat source and pipes to spread heat through homes.

I, for one, would like to raise a glass to this woman.

We definitely need more lists like this one in the world – let’s feed them to our kids while we’re in charge of educating them for the foreseeable future, no?

What’s your favorite invention by a woman? Book? Film? Let’s grow our list in the comments!