Carol Simon Levin portrays Lillian Moller Gilbreth, motion study pioneer and “Cheaper by the Dozen” mother of 12 — then shares the stories of other overlooked women innovators, including many women of color. From Margaret Knight (the 19th century “Female Edison”) to Hollywood superstar Hedy Lamarr, these “Mothers of Invention” changed our lives, yet their accomplishments were all too often ignored, discounted or credited to others. For more information about this or any of my other programs, please visit
CalBerkeley Slide Show

Making Time: A Life Beyond Cheaper by the Dozen
Lillian Gilbreth: Redefining Domesticity
As I Remember
(her autobiography)

Spic and Span (a children’s picture book)
Cheaper by the Dozen and Belles on Their Toes (somewhat fictionalized family stories)
Also featured in:
Women in Engineering: Pioneers & Trailblazers


Smithsonian Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention & Innovation: Women Inventors

50 Inventions by Women (USA Today) – chronological list

Sisters in Innovation: 20 Women Inventors You Should Know (A Mighty Girl) – short bios with links to children’s books and more resources

10 Female Inventors Who Changed Our Lives (Inventionland)

9 Groundbreaking Inventions by Women (

Women Inventors – Inventor Links

History of Women in Business – links to many articles about women entrepreneurs

List of Women Inventors (Wikipedia)