Mary Kies becomes the first woman to receive a U.S. patent
May 5, 2023
An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day 5 of May, repeating indefinitely
On May 5, 1809, Mary Kies became the first woman to receive a U.S. patent for her new method of weaving straw hats using silk and thread. 👒👒👒
Did you know? First Lady Dolley Madison was so impressed with Kies’ innovation that she wrote to her with congratulations for boosting the female-dominated straw hat-making industry.
Maiden with a Straw Hat, Friedrich von Amerling, c. 1835