This year’s World Intellectual Property Day focuses on women in innovation in creativity. Take our quiz and see how much you know about the creative and inventive women helping shape our world.
Marie Curie won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1903 and for chemistry in 1911. Thanks to her work we now have radiography and the X-ray.
19th century mathematician Ada Lovelace wrote the data input for a mechanical machine to calculate a sequence of Bernoulli numbers. It took about a century for her to be recognized not only as the first person to foresee the creative potential of computing machines, but also as the first to write what we now consider a computer program.
Established in 2009, Ada Lovelace Day celebrates the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and math.
All of them were invented by women!
In the early 1940s, the Hollywood actress, Hedy Lamarr and the modernist composer, George Antheil, worked together to invent a remote-controlled torpedo-guidance system that could not be hacked.
They patented a technology that used rapidly-changing radio signals and gave it to the U.S. Navy. This so-called “frequency-hopping” technology is used in the Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS systems many of us now use every day.
Of the 585 Noble Prizes granted since 1901, just 48 have been awarded to women.
For the first time in the brand’s history it “flipped its iconic arches upside-down… [from an “M” to a “W”] in honor of the extraordinary accomplishments of women everywhere,” explained McDonald’s Chief Diversity Officer Wendy Lewis.
In the Republic of Korea and China 50.3% and 47.9% percent of all international patent applications included women inventors in 2017.
Belgium stood in third place at 35.7%, Spain in fourth at 35.4% and the U.S. in fifth place at 32.9%.
Kathryn Bigelow made history in 2010 when she became the first woman to win the best director award at the Oscars for her low-budget film, The Hurt Locker.
The modern-day fairy tale “Bao” is the story of an aging and lonely Chinese mother, who brings to life a very cute pork dumpling. It was directed by Canadian-Chinese film director Domee Shi – the first woman to direct a Pixar short film.
No. All of the 12 people to have walked on the moon have been men, according to a BBC report from April 17, 2018. But fifty years ago Russian cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova did make history by becoming the first woman to travel to space. And it is 40 years since NASA selected its first female astronaut.