• Ariana Waller, CEO of Wallway Technologies

3 Things You Didn't Know A Black Woman Invented Part 1

Happy Black History Month! Where ever you are in the world, the month of February (and every day) is a special time in American history where Americans can celebrate the contribution that black people have contributed to this country.

I mean... let's be clear, we all know how dynamic black people are but black women!?!? Let's just say .. we (black women) got that "MAGIC" (black girl magic).

This month at Wallway Technologies we are doing a series of articles celebrating black culture in tech and business. Our first series is highlighting 9 inventions by black women in a 3 part series!


INVENTOR #1: Mary Beatrice Davidson Kenner

Bathroom Tissue Holder & The Sanitary Belt

Our first inventor is Ms. Mary Beatrice Davidson Kenner (1912-2006). Born into a family of inventors Kenner always knew that she was going to make a difference in the world, be creative and acquire patents. Her father, Sidney Nathaniel Davidson was an inventor of a pants presser that could fit in a suitcase. Although his product never took off he was very passionate about encouraging his daughters to think creatively and constantly build. Kenner's maternal grandfather invented a tri-color signal light for trains! Kenner's sister, Mildred Davidson Austin Smith, invented a board game called Family Tradition and trademarked the name.

Mary Beatrice Davidson Kenner Wikipedia

Mary Kenner filed 5 patents during her lifetime. Her first filed patent was in 1954, The Sanitary Belt. The sanitary belt was one piece of the puzzle to go along with her second filed patent on December 12th, 1957, The Sanitary Belt with Moisture-Proof Napkin Pocket.

The 2 patents together make an improved version of the modern-day pad for women's menstrual cycles. How cool is that!? At the time, there was a company that expressed its interest in taking Kenner's product mainstream but decided not to, once they found out she was black. but are we really that surprised?