Spic-and-Span!: Lillian Gilbreth’s Wonder Kitchen
by Monica Kulling
Lillian Moller Gilbreth and her husband Frank were efficiency experts in the early 1900s. They analyzed how workers performed their jobs and made suggestions on how to make the work flow more smoothly. When Frank died suddenly, Lillian had to reinvent herself in order to support their 11 children. She is best known for improvements to the modern kitchen that would make life easier for the women in the house. She not only redesigned kitchen layouts, but invented the electric mixer, the garbage can that opened with a foot pedal, and the storage compartments that we find on refrigerator doors today. In 1965, she was the first woman elected to the National Academy of Engineering. A fascinating story about a woman who has made all of our lives easier. Recommended for grades 2-4.