Woman-kinds Greatest Invention (Miss De Jour Giveaway now closed.)

June 1, 2011 · 38 comments

In my experience there is one sure-fire way to clear a room of a men. Mention tampons, periods or any other thing vaguely reminiscent of ‘that time of the month’.  So let me warn you now this post is all about Tampons.  Yes Tampons.  Clearly, the tampon would have to be one of woman-kinds greatest inventions.    Ahem …… well actually a little research on the subject surprised me by revealing they were first invented by the ancient Egyptians (yes really) and then later re-invented by a man (gasps of horror) named Mr Haas in the late 1920s.  But thanks be to God a lovely lady by the name of  Gertrude Tendrich bought the patent and trademark in the 1930 and the life of the mass-produced tampon was born.  And here in ends todays history lesson.  But may I say, on behalf of all woman-kind,  a huge thank-you to you Gertrude.  Even though we don’t talk about it I think we’re all big fans of the tampon and consider it a must have item in our lives.

In the fabulous tradition of my new hero Gertrude, a young Aussie women (and mother to boot) has launched out and developed her own take on the tampon.  As you would know, if you read here regularly, I’m a huge supporter of women (especially young mums) who make things happen. Be it in business, innovation, volunteering or life generally. So I’m pleased to introduce to you the Miss De Jour range of beautifully packed and presented tampons.   Finally the tampon is getting the care and attention she deserves – Gertrude would be so happy.   One of the things I most like about the Miss De Jour range is that it says goodbye to the little tampon box which, as well as having now lost all of its spunk, also lets tampon escape to roll around the bottom of your handbag gathering lint and old soggy sultanas while waiting for the perfect opportunity to jump out and roll away.  The pretty pink zip locked bags Miss De Jour use are fresh, manageable and a much more suitable housing option for these little chick tampons.

With thanks to Miss De Jour and Blog Meets Brand I am in the lucky position of being able to giveaway to one lucky Truth About Mummy Reader an entire years supply of beautifully presented Miss De Jour tampons.  Now that’s an impressive giveaway.    To enter simply leave me a comment below telling me what you think is woman-kinds greatest invention.  If you share this post on facebook or twitter, using the sharing buttons below, please add another comment telling me where you have shared for a second and third entry.  This giveaway is open to all Australian residents (even a male – if he really wants to).  The giveaway closes on June 21st, 2011 and the winner will be announced here on June 22nd, 2011.  Please  make sure you leave a valid email address so you can be contacted in the event the winner is you.  


 Disclosure.  I received a years free supply of Miss De Jour products.  For more information about  De Jour  please link in with website or facebook page.

1 LisaW June 20, 2011 at 1:38 pm

It has to be the dishwasher! I could watch my hubby stack and unstack that wonderous machine all day! lol.

2 Karen Turner June 19, 2011 at 10:42 pm

Best invention would be the pill, it’s allowed me to enjoy life a lot more and stopped me from ever having to get married.

3 Ash Mack June 19, 2011 at 4:30 pm

Greatest invention for me was concealer!!! I have shared on facebook.

4 melanie whittle June 16, 2011 at 11:47 am

Mary Anderson invented the windsheild wiper imagine all the accident that would occur without them definately a great invention.Us women are such smart bunch what would men do without us.

5 Megan June 12, 2011 at 4:07 pm

Shared on facebook 🙂

6 Megan June 12, 2011 at 4:07 pm

Tweeted (@marketraider)

7 Megan June 12, 2011 at 4:04 pm

I’d have to say the dishwasher, makes my (and so many others) life so much easier!

8 kiwilayla June 12, 2011 at 1:04 pm

Windscreen wipers for cars – male car designers didn’t think they were a necessity…. the first mechanical windshield wipers had to be operated by hand! Either the driver or a passenger had to work a crank to make the wipers go back and forth.
Mary Anderson, from New York City, was awarded a patent in 1903 for a window cleaning device. Once the invention was protected by patent, she tried to interest companies into producing the device. No one was interested, so Mary put the patent in a drawer and eventually it expired…..

9 Sapphira June 10, 2011 at 9:39 pm

All hail the little black dress – what a one-stop outfit!

10 Bianca Bell June 6, 2011 at 9:57 am

Martha Stewart
She has shown us how to create just about everything from mouth-watering recipes to handy arts and crafts.

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11 Amy June 5, 2011 at 10:05 pm

Don’t forget rescue Annie!! Though technically invented by a man (I think), Annie was based on the face of a woman who was found in the River Seine. There was some question as to whether she jumped to her death due to a lost love. Either way, that woman’s face has saved a lot of lives 🙂
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12 Meagan June 5, 2011 at 2:18 pm

Chocolate 🙂 is the greatest thing to ever happen, makes me feel great when I’m sad and doesn’t talk back 🙂

13 Bron66 June 4, 2011 at 11:14 pm

Womankind’s greatest invention would be ABC kids…so I can get on the computer….
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14 Fiona Paterson June 4, 2011 at 4:24 pm

1887 Anna Connelly, fire escape

What a great invention! Imagine all of the lives this fabulous woman has saved over time!

15 Fiona Paterson June 4, 2011 at 4:25 pm

Shared on FB

16 tara June 3, 2011 at 2:40 pm

Woman everyday are great inventors..We’ve invented multi tasking in a huge way and there’s no one who can come close to a mum who’s doing 10 things at once..Go girls!!!.xx

17 Leonie short June 2, 2011 at 9:49 pm

The pill – gave woman confidence and the ability to be on control of their fertility.

18 Judi June 2, 2011 at 7:18 pm

Woman kind’s greatest invention would have to be, The tampon definitely, But also the dishwasher is one I can see, Was invented by a woman thinking laterally.

19 Me 'N my Monkeys June 2, 2011 at 4:15 pm

I think i would have to agree with Sarah, the Bra was definitely a good one.
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20 linda carter June 2, 2011 at 1:09 pm

Hair Dye – to be a woman 40 years ago I would cringe at the thought of having grey hairs popping up in my late 20’s … thankfully its my little secret still thanks to HAIR DYE 🙂 🙂 🙂

21 keepcatebusy (Cate) June 1, 2011 at 9:48 pm

Definitely the best invention is PMS – gets me out of everything!!! Perfect invention in my book 🙂
And I so can’t believe I’m not doing my jog around the blogs this week – I might have to do one tomorrow just so I can include this!! Fantastic!!
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22 Carlene June 1, 2011 at 8:05 pm

I would have to say the coffee machine; invented by Melitta Benz in 1908 – now that’s what I call an invention! So many of us would be lost without our regular intake of freshly brewed coffee!

23 Diana June 1, 2011 at 7:33 pm

VASECTOMY!!!!! he has all the pain, then we get all the fun!!! Love love love it.

24 DD June 1, 2011 at 7:31 pm

It has to be the vibrator and/or dildo – a device to please us, without all the crap & ego stroking that’s required in order for us to achieve our wonderful elation!!

25 Karina June 1, 2011 at 4:21 pm

I think those books by Beatrix Potter was a great invention!

26 nellbe June 1, 2011 at 4:00 pm

I think the pap smear test was the best invention, anything that helps prevent disease.
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27 Sarah June 1, 2011 at 1:56 pm

I think the bra was a pretty good one (by Mary Phelps Jacob)
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28 A Maizey June 1, 2011 at 12:03 pm

Best invention by a woman: Chocolate chip cookies. Need I say more. The best invention that a woman frequently uses: washing machine. I cannot fathom coping without it as women once did years ago!

29 April Manley June 1, 2011 at 11:55 am

I just tweeted about this competition !

30 Caz June 23, 2011 at 9:41 am

Hi April and yay for you!! You just won my Ms Dejour (12 months supply of tampons)giveaway. Can you email me an address to have your gift sent to? thetruthaboutmummy@gmail.com Thanks for much for dropping by and commenting. Caz

31 April Manley June 1, 2011 at 11:53 am

I think that woman-kinds greatest invention is the tampon !!

32 Jennifer B. June 1, 2011 at 11:51 am

Spread via Facebook! 🙂

33 Jennifer B. June 1, 2011 at 11:50 am

Drugs taken orally cannot work for many medical conditions…

Letitia Geer invented the medical syringe.

Without it, so many infections and diseases would have spread further and/or remained untreatable and fatal.

34 Amy May 31, 2011 at 8:44 pm

and tweeted too 🙂
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35 Amy May 31, 2011 at 8:44 pm

Have facebooked your giveaway
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36 Amy May 31, 2011 at 8:42 pm

The words women-kinds and invention actually made me think of Marie Curie. She must of been on stella lady accomplishing all she did in a mans world.

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