Timeline Description: Marion Donovan came from a family of inventors, so it was no surprise when she joined them. She is credited with creating the first disposable diapers.
|1917||Marion is born
Marion was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Many of her family members were inventors, and Marion spent a lot of time with them.
|1924||Marion's mother dies
When Marion was seven years old, her mother passed away. Marion began spending more and more time with her father in his factory.
Marion eventually moved to Rosemont College in Pennsylvania. She graduated with a BA in English Literature.
|1939||Working at Vogue Magazine
Just out of college, Marion took a position at Vogue Magazine. She was assistant beauty editor.
|1942||Marriage and children
After graduation, Marion married a man named James Donovan. They began having children after they moved to Cincinnati.
|1946||Diapering her babies
Marion quickly saw how difficult it was to diaper her children using cloth diapers. Using a shower curtain, she created a protective layer to keep the soiled cloth from wetting other surfaces.
|1949||Selling her creation
Marion called her diaper the Boater, because it kept babies "afloat". They began selling the Boater at Saks 5th Avenue.
|1951||A patented product
Marion's creation was patented after a few years of success. She went on to work on a paper diaper, but was unsuccessful; however, she ended up selling her Boater invention for $1 million.
|1950||More patents(Early 1950's)
Marion received patents for a few products during this time. She created a zipper device called the Zippity-Do, and a soap dish that helped sticky soap drain into the sink.
Not being a person to give up, Marion decided to return to school. She began attending Yale University.
|1960||Over the years, big companies began recognizing Marion's talent(1960's and beyond).
She was often hired as a consultant when a company was designing new products.
|1985||The Dental Loop
Marion continued creating. The Dental Loop was patented in 1985, and it took away the need for people to wrap dental floss around their fingers.
|1991||Marketing her product
Marion took great efforts to sell her latest creation, the Dental Loop. She went on an extensive tour to visit dental professionals around America.
Marion passed away on November 4, 1998. She was 81 years old, and had acquired over a dozen patents for various household inventions.
|1998||An inspiration(1998 and beyond)
Today, Marion is an inspiration to women everywhere. She became a prosperous inventor in a day and age when women were not permitted into the business world.