Black and Women’s History Moment

The Sanitary Pad was developed by a black woman called Mary Beatrice Davidson Kenner of Monroe, NC.

Until sanitary pads were created, women used all kinds of reusable fabrics to absorb menstrual flows.

Mary’s invention was initially rejected. The first company that showed interest rejected it because of racial discrimination. The world had no choice, her invention was too important to be ignored. It was later accepted in 1956, 30 years later.

She received five patents for her household and other personal items creations. One of her inventions is the bathroom tissue holder, which she co-invented with her sister. The patent number was US 4354643, dated October 19, 1882.

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