Invented by a Woman – The Foot Pedal Trash Can
Lillian Moller Gilbreth, Born in Oakland, California on May 24, 1878.
Lillian Moller Gilbreth is known as the Mother of Modern Management and America's First Lady of Engineering. She was the first female to be elected to the National Academy of Engineering.
Long before the days of women's lib, Lillian Moller Gilbreth (1878‐1972), a distinguished industrial psychologist, engineer, and mother of 12, was the original superwoman. She was an accomplished professional credited with many academic and industrial “firsts,” including kitchen and household appliance designs.
Lillian Gilbreth improved existing domestic inventions with small tweaks. Amongst her other inventions were shelves inside refrigerator doors, and improvements on the can opener. One day she invented a foot pedal for the trash can, as she was constantly tweaking here and there, it was just another in a long line of achievements created by Gilbreth.
Gilbreth is most famous for her pioneering work in efficiency management and ergonomics with husband Frank. Two of their 12 children, Frank Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth, humorously wrote about their home/work collaborations in the book Cheaper by the Dozen.