Inventive Women - Part 1

While a woman didn't invent the parasol, three women received patents for their improvements to the original design of umbrellas. In the first of a two-part series on inventive women, class members investigate the patent system to discover how it protects inventors and stimulates economic development. They also learn about coverture, a practice, that until recently, denied married women the right to claim their inventions and the profits made from them.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Encourage class members to bring in unusual umbrellas to share during the lesson
  • Use the resource during Women's History Month
Classroom Considerations
  • The first part of a two-part lesson series
  • Requires prep time to collect and print materials
Pros
  • The article on coverture is sure to engage readers
  • The related primary source materials are easily accessed
Cons
  • None