10 Awesome Things You Never Knew Were Invented By Women

Foot Pedal Trash Can

Lillian Gilbreth, an industrial engineer, improved existing inventions with little tweaks. In the 1900s, Gilbreth invented a foot pedal trash can, made can openers easier to use and designed the shelves inside fridge doors. She is popular for her pioneering work in ergonomics with her husband Frank.


The first dishwasher, patented in 1886, combined a wire rack, a boiler, a wheel and high water pressure. Josephine Cochrane, the inventor, never used the dishwasher herself; however, the machine made life easier for helpers.