Women In STEAM Fields

Sybilla Righton Masters


Inventor who was the first person residing in the American colonies to be given an English patent, and possibly the first known female Caucasian machinery inventor in America. Her first patent was for a corn mill in 1715 in her husband's name, as women were not allowed to have their own patents. Her second patent was for a new process of making hats and bonnets using straw and palmetto leaves. The process was used to create many other woven goods as well, such as baskets, matting and furniture coverings. More…