At TaoTronics, we support diversity. Women are a driving force in our company, and we appreciate the contributions women have made, are making, and are pioneering, in the consumable tech industry. In this blog for international women’s day 2021, we celebrate and appreciate the women who have helped the world take great leaps forward in technology.
International women’s day is a global event celebrating women and calling for gender equality. The IWD team has missions that they focus on and a theme for each year. This year’s theme is #ChooseToChallenge – that is, calling out gender inequality where you see it.
One of the IWD’s key missions is to celebrate digital advancement and champion the women forging innovation through technology. Women are underrepresented in the technology sector, and in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) sectors in general.
In this blog, we will explore five women who have contributed to the technological world. They have helped to innovate and make our lives easier and paved a way toward a brighter future. Along the way, some of their innovations have helped lay the foundations for the TaoTronics products you know and love!
We also have a list of our lighting products that are on sale (or just a bargain!) across February and March, so you can shine a light on yourself and then women in your life.
Read on to discover more about these pioneering women.
When is International Women’s Day 2021?
International women’s day is on March 8th each year. In 2021, that’s a Monday.
Why Do We Celebrate International Women’s Day?
On March 8th, women around the globe are celebrated, raising their achievements and promoting the social, cultural, economic, and political achievements of women in general. The organizers, and those taking part in events that happen on the day, ask for gender parity (equality for all).
If you haven’t heard of Hedy Lamarr, you need to start watching some classic films.
A classic Hollywood Star, Lamarr made her way from Austria to Los Angeles, landing roles in films like Ecstasy and Samson and Delilah. However, her on-screen achievements aren’t the reason we’re featuring her today.
Lamarr was a gifted scientist and inventor. In fact, she played a pivotal role in TaoTronics history: She invented a “Secret Communications System,” which is the ancestor of modern-day Bluetooth. You wouldn’t be listening to music through your headphones today without Hedy’s groundbreaking invention, largely ignored by the press at the time.
Read more about Hedy Lamarr and discover her incredible achievements in our blog.
Maria isn’t a household name today. Back in the 1800s, she patented inventions including foot warmer, a decide that stopped trains derailing, and improvements to life rafts. Not only was she a life saver, but she made top dollar—thousands and thousands per year.
Something amazing that speaks to the need for international women’s day is how Beasley was recorded in the census. She’s listed as an unemployed housewife and directories list her as a dressmaker, despite having almost 20 patents across the US and UK.
Alice H Parker
Another woman who helped to create the ancestor to TaoTronics products is Alice H Parker, who invented the heater. Though a far cry from the modern heaters you can buy today, Parker’s gas heater was patented in 1919. It influenced the creation of the thermostat and revolutionised the world of heating and was far safer than using a fireplace to heat your house overnight.
More than this, she filed her patent early in the 20th century—a time where women faced many barriers, and African-American women like Parker even more so.
Do you have a 3D television? Or, have you enjoyed a 3D movie on the big screen? You have Valerie Thomas to thank.
Having attended schools that didn’t promote the education of women in STEM subjects, and being one of only two women in her university to study physics, Thomas managed to make a huge impression as an innovator. Did we mentioned that she also worked at NASA?
50 years ago, in the 1970s, Thomas discovered that concave mirrors create the illusion of 3D objects, and patented her ideas as the Illusion transmitter by 1980.
Scientists are now trying to figure out how to use this to see inside the human body, as well!
Grace Hopper, a pioneer of computer programming, worked towards the creation of the programming language COBOL, which is still used today. It was inspired by Hopper’s idea of a code that is based on the English language.
Lighting Products on Sale across international Women’s Day 2021
We always have great deals at TaoTronics, and international women’s day is no exception. Below, we list some of the lighting items that are on sale—or a bargain in general!—across February and March.
For a budding YouTube star: 12” Ring light with 78” Tripod Stand
If you (or a person in your life) is thinking of becoming a YouTube sensation, recording their own videos to help others, or just looking to take a great selfie, you need the best ring light. Enter TT-CL025, on sale today!
Why should you buy?
- 5 color temperatures, 3 lighting modes, and 10 brightness levels.
- Fully customizable height and rotation.
- Touch screen design and sleek remote.
For the Dedicated Home Worker: TaoTronics USB Charging LED Desk Lamp
Working from home is tough, but it doesn’t have to be dim. Enjoy your office space by choosing the best desk lamp. We’ve written a guide about how to pick the best one for your home office and highlight one of our favorites: TT-DL092.
Why should you buy?
- USB charger can keep your phone going all day
- Reduces shadow and minimize glare, so you can read documents with ease
- Emits close to natural daylight, perfect for helping you stay focused (and it means you don’t have to choose between warm and cool lighting!)
For the Interior Innovator: String Lights
Your room can get boring—especially when you’ve spent most of your year there. It’s simple to make some quick changes and add a beautiful feature. Simply use string lights! Anyone whose looking to spruce up their home to make it more cosy or romantic can take advantage of this easy set up.
Why should you buy?
- These indoor string lights look great anywhere, from inside a bottle, to wrapped around your bed frame
- Dimmable lights can create an amazing ambiance, perfect for everyday use or more intimate evenings
- Weatherproof lights are safe to touch, even after hours of use
Do you have another lighting need? We have a full range of lights to suit any home at our website. Head over to TaoTronics.com today to learn more!