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Marie Van Brittan Brown

Lisa Meece’s 1 Cool Science Thing gets the gal-pals talking about the barriers of female inventors while she enlightens us on the genius of Marie Van Brittan Brown who invented the home security system. The gal-pals also talk about their own security systems like “Bra Off Day Off” and “T-Rex Mode” where you are so still you hope no one at the door sees you.

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Show Notes & Extras

  • The gal pals this month are Dr. Leah Leach, Bonnie Fillenwarth, Katie Harris and Lisa Meece.
  • Recorded before the U.S. self-quarantine/shut down of COVID-19.
  • The science gals we’ve already covered this month are Alice Ball and Mary Ainsworth
  • Get-to-know-you question: Do you think money and resources should be spent to explore space or is it better spent here on Earth? Why?
  • Space X rocket return video (YouTube)
  • Lisa’s 1 Cool Science Thing is home security system inventor Marie Van Brittan Brown
  • Nurse with late hours
  • Queen, NY didn’t have the best police response system in her time
  • 1966 Patent (Google Patents Database)

Brown patent home security

  • Panic buttons
  • 2-way voice communication systems
  • Security industry pulls in $1.5 Billion
  • Marie didn’t make money off her patent
  • Females who have filed for patents
  • Yale Study of the difference in gender in patents (Yale Insights)
  • Gener barriers in patents
  • Orchestra test in gender bias (The Guardian)
  • Hedy Lamarr “too pretty” to invent a secret communications system – which became WiFi


  • Bonnie’s security system
  • “Sitting there in T-Rex Mode” – Bonnie
  • Bra Off Day Off
  • “Did I shut the garage door?” Katie’s got a pro-tip!
  • Technology that listens
  • Shelf check out blues
  • We need more women inventors!!!
  • Mary Anderson the inventor of the windshield wiper
  • Patent Rules (U.S. Patent Office)
  • Want to see more beautiful patent drawings by women? We’ve got you covered. 

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