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Failure and Fortitude: The Female Edison

Failure and Fortitude: The Female Edison

by Lindsay Price

Failure and fortitude are the touchstones for every inventor, but even more so for 19th century female inventors.

Margaret E. Knight invented a machine to mass produce flat bottom paper bags – the same paper bags we use today! But credit for her invention was almost stolen from her. During a courtroom proceeding, a competing inventor stated that “there is no way a woman could have invented this.”

How did Margaret persist and secure her place in the annals of invention?

An excellent class project.

Drama

Recommended for High Schools and Middle Schools

About 40 minutes
Times given are approximate and do not include intermissions/scene changes/breaks
13 Characters
1 W | 12 Any Gender, plus 3 groups (3/4/4)
Simple set

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