Marvelous Mattie

Gender & Sexism
Author(s):
Emily Arnold McCully
Age Group:
7-11
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN:
978-0374348106
Year:
Gender & Sexism

With her sketchbook and her father’s toolbox, Mattie could make almost anything—toys, sleds and a foot warmer. When she was just twelve years old, Mattie designed a metal guard to prevent shuttles from shooting off textile looms and injuring workers. As an adult, Mattie invented the machine that makes the square-bottom paper bags we still use today. However, in court, a man claimed the invention was his, stating that she “could not possibly understand the mechanical complexities.” Marvelous Mattie proved him wrong, and over the course of her life earned the title of “the Lady Edison.”

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