- The sanitary pad was revolutionalized and made moisture-proof by a Black woman named Mary Beatrice Davidson Kenner
- She started her life of inventing very early, with her 1st amazing invention at age 6
- The brilliant young lady remains the Black woman with the highest number of patents
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Mary Beatrice Davidson Kenner was a Black woman who revolutionized the sanitary pads to have belts connected to a pocket that was moisture-proof, making women able to go into the public during their periods.
Dlwstoryteller.com reports that before the invention, there were not very many options for women who were menstruating back in the day as they used wads of cloth or rags and it wasn’t advisable to leave the house.
Reports indicate that Beatrice was full of inventions all her life. It started at the early age of six when the brilliant young girl made their door self-oiling so that when her mother went out the back door in the morning, the squeaking wouldn’t wake her.
Although she never got any advanced degree due to lack of money, Mary ended up holding five groundbreaking patents. This makes mary the African-American woman with the highest number of patents in history.
It is indicated that when she invented the moisture-proof sanitary pad, it took 30 years for it to be accepted and patented.
This was because the company that was supposed to commercialize the invention found out that the inventor was a Black woman and decided not to continue with the procedures.
Apart from just the sanitary pads, Beatrice also designed an improved bathroom tissue holder that allowed the dangling end of the tissue to be accessible at all times.
When her sister Mildred – an inventor in her own right – was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, Mary invented and patented a tray and carrier that attaches to a walker.
Mary also invented a back washer that attaches to the wall for people who would find it hard to wash their backs any other way.
In other words, Louisa Enyonam Ansah is a woman born without arms who has dedicated her life and resources to improving the lives of children living with disabilities through her role as a headmistress and also a leader of the Enyonam Short Foundation.
A video documentary by UTV indicates that Louisa won a presidential award for her massive exploits and she was also one of the top five winners of season five of the MTN Heroes of Change programme.
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