Bubble gum. Few adults chew it, but all of us surely chewed the delightful pink stuff while growing up: the sweet smell when unwrapping the paper, the powdery sugar that came off on one’s fingers, the fun of reading the funnies wrapped inside, and the thrill of blowing giant bubbles or even smaller bubbles (particularly if you could get away with it during class). Then finally the bubble gum would meet its tasteless, rubbery end. We know many solved the problem of what to do with it then by sticking it under a desk.
Entrepreneurs & Inventors
Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896) grew up in a family who cared deeply about social issues, including the abolition of slavery. Stowe chose to use the power of words to bring to light the injustice of slavery. She wrote: “…the enslaving of the African race is a clear violation of the great law which commands us to love our neighbor as ourselves.”
Amanda Theodosia Jones (1835-1914) was a multi-talented woman who was a prolific inventor and a frequently published writer. Her inventions were in two very different fields—food preservation/canning, and the use of oil as a fuel for furnaces. In 1890 she also started and ran an all-woman canning business.
In 1909 Alice Huyler Ramsey (1886-1983) became the first woman ever to drive from coast-to-coast. Horatio Nelson Jackson (and his dog, Bud), who had made a San Francisco-to-New York drive in 1903, inspired interest in the challenge; Ramsey was the first woman who opted to take it on.