Mothers of Invention (2004) Guide for History Teachers | Student Handouts
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Mothers of Invention (2004) > U.S. History > Postwar America > Books & Films
Release date: 2004

Length: 50 minutes

Age Appropriateness Rating: This video is appropriate for all students in grades 4 through 12.

Creators and Stars: History Channel

Historical Accuracy: This documentary is dead-on with fascinating information.

Review: This documentary shows the inventive contributions of over 20 American women in diverse fields, from the chemist who invented Kevlar to the mother who invented the Barbie doll.
Miscellaneous: Click here for a student note-taking worksheet that students can complete as they watch this video documentary. This PDF file prints as two sheets, or as one double-sided sheet. Students use the worksheet to jot down as much information as they can on each inventor, and then discuss the women and their inventions as a class afterward.
Women inventors included in this DVD: Mary Kies, Margaret Knight, Amanda Jones, Madam C.J. Walker, Beulah Louise Henry, Mary Walton, Mary Pennington, Mary Anderson, Gertrude Rogallo, Alice King Chapman, Martha Coston, Gertrude Elion, Hedy Lamarr, Joan Hinton, Chien-Shiung Wu, Lillian Gilbreth, Patsy Sherman, Betty Nesmith, Ruth Handler, Josephine Cochrane, Pat Wiener, Stephanie Kwolak, Donna Shirley, Ellen Ochoa
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