by Farida Dawkins, at 08:40 pm, March 06, 2018, Women

[Women’s History Month] Meet the Jeter sisters, inventors of digital toaster and staple machine

Ruane Sharon Jeter

March is the Women’s History Month celebrated globally to highlight the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. The month corresponds with the International Women’s Day which is marked globally on March 8.

As part of Face2Face Africa’s commitment to informing and connecting black people around the world, we have resolved to devote each day of the month of March to celebrate black women inventors and to highlight their inventions.

Ruane Sharon Jeter created a toaster with a digital timer in 1987, which allowed for choosing mild to dark toasting. On September 16, 1997, she and her sister Shelia Lynn Jeter filed patents for a multi-functional machine that featured a stapler, staple remover, pencil sharpener, hole punch, calculator, tape measure, architectural and engineering scale.


Multi-functional machine-in-one by the Jeter sisters…photo credit: Google Patents

There isn’t any biographical information on the Jeter sisters except an address in Los Angeles, California.

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