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200 year anniversary of first woman patent holder

May 5, 2009

Washington, May 5, 2009 - May 5, 2009 marks the 200th anniversary of the first female patent recipient in America. On May 5th, 1809, Mary Dixon Kies, an African American woman, patented a new way of weaving straw into hats. This achievement is but one of many examples of the necessity for strong patent laws in the United States that protect the small inventors. Americans are a great and brilliant people, and it is our patent laws that protect that brilliance, by guarding against the unfair theft of ideas or the bullying by big corporations to dissuade the little guy from pursuing their ideas. 

In 1809, women and African-Americans weren’t allowed the right to vote or own land, but their ideas were protected by patent laws. The importance of these laws is an often overlooked but vital part of American history.