Joy Mangano

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


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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Sarah E. Goode
Mother of the Miracle Mop