Women Will Get It Done

The Miami Marlins named Kim Ng as the first woman in major league baseball to hold the title of general manager. She has worked in baseball for more than 30 years. [NYT 11/13/20]

When Congress convenes on January 3, 2021 all three members of Congress from New Mexico will be women of color. [The Broadsheet 11/5/20]

More women will serve in the 117th Congress than ever before. At least 142 will take their seats in the next Congress.

At least 35 Republican women are expected to join the next Congress, up from 22 in 2018.

There are still more Democratic women than Republican women in the next Congress – 106 vs 35 – in races projected so far.

There are 47 women of color in Congress, all but one representing the Democratic party.

There were 227 Republican women who filed for House seats in 2020, up from just 120 in 2018. A record breaking 94 became their party’s nominees, far surpassing the previous record of 53 women set in 2004.

Republicans have responded by investing within the party after 2018, when a record breaking 102 women elected to the House but just a single new Republican woman. [19thnews 11/5/20 1:45 pm] [NYTimes 11/5/20 7:00 pm] [FiveThirtyEight 11/16/20]

Inventions by Women

(Thanks to Peter Hart)

The life saving Life Raft was invented by Maria Beasely in 1882. (Maria also invented a machine that makes barrels.)

Solar Heating for residential housing was invented by Dr. Maria Telkes in 1947. Dr. Telkes was a Psychiatrist in addition to being a Solar-Power Pioneer.

The medical syringe which could be operated with one hand was invented by a woman by the name of Letitia Geer in 1899.

The electric refrigerator was invented by Florence Parpart in 1914. (Florence also invented an improved street cleaning machine in addition to the refrigerator.)

The ice cream maker was invented by a woman named Nancy Johnson 1843. Her patented design is still used today.