POWERING CHANGE: WOMEN IN INNOVATION & CREATIVITY

JOY MANGANO (b. 1956), Miracle Mop, 1990

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Joy_women_innovatorsInventor Joy Mangano identifies small, daily inconveniences and creates innovation to solve these simple issues. This approach has led to sales of more than $3 billion worth of her inventions. Key to her success has been constant hard work to meet a goal. 

As a teenager Joy invented a brightly-coloured flea collar for pets that would make them visible at night. She was exposed to business from an early age, working in airline reservations and as a waitress on nights and weekends. While tinkering with new ideas she took her children to school, cooked for them and cleaned up afterwards, inventing in her spare time.

Joy became frustrated with ordinary mops. They were difficult to wring out without getting a user’s hands wet and were a constant annoyance for people across the globe. Her solution – the Miracle Mop – was a self-wringing plastic mop with a head made from a continuous loop of cotton.

With her own savings and investments from family and friends, she created a prototype. After an unpromising start she turned to a TV shopping channel to promote her invention.  She sold 18,000 mops in less than an hour.

Today Joy holds more than 100 patents for her inventions, is the president of her company – Ingenious Designs LLC – and regularly appears on US television promoting her inventions.

Our SVP, Corporate Affairs, Claire Barker, explains why Joy Mangano is her inspirational women innovator.

 


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