Mothers of Invention: Patsy O’Connell Sherman

PatsySherman  Today’s “mother of invention” article features another “parent-friendly” product (last week it was disposable diapers).  As you will see, she could also be characterized as a “feisty female”.

Patsy O’Connell Sherman was born on September 15, 1930 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to parents James and Edna O’Connell.  During her high school years, Patsy took an aptitude test which showed her best career choice would that of housewife.  In that day, how many young women do you think received that same recommendation?  Patsy, however, refused to accept that result and demanded to take the boy’s aptitude test.

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