Joy Mangano was a New York housewife raising five children when she invented the self-wringing mop she called the "miracle mop." Operating out of her home, her business around her invention and other household products eventually grew to annual sales of over $16 million. An inventor from the time she was a teenager, Mangano's inventions include a fluorescent flea collar (put out a year before Hartz company marketed their version) cleaning products, and several different types of storage containers.
Vesta Roman Goddess of the Hearth
References:Patently Female by Ethlie Ann Vare and Greg Pracek (John Wiley, 2002) pp. 47-49.
Women Entrepreneurs Only:Twelve Women Entrepreneurs Tell the Stories of Their Success by Gregory K. Erikson (Ernst and Young, 1999).
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Mother of the Miracle Mop