Women You’ve Never Heard Of: Part 1

A good friend of ours was recently speaking with a representative from the NU Women’s Center about Ruby Sunrise, and the conversation came around to the real inventor of the cotton gin.  Did you know that although Eli Whitneyreceived a patent for a cotton gin, Catherine Greene is said to have posed both the problem and the basic idea to Whitney? When his first model, fitted with wooden teeth, didn’t work well, Whitney nearly gave up on the project.  It was Catherine Greene that proposed the substitution of wire to catch the cotton seeds. Determination, innovation and ingenuity!

Catherine Green: today’s Proud Kate.


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