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Mary Kies becomes the first woman to receive a U.S. patent

May 5

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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

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