"It’s like opening another window in your life when you become involved in something creative and new.”
Charlotte Cramer Sachs
Charlotte Cramer Sachs (1907–2004) was born in Germany and came to the United States in 1924. Her creative talents extended to art, languages, music—and invention. She received her first patent in 1940 for a combination key and flashlight.
As a single working mother in the 1940s, Sachs experienced firsthand the demands on the growing number of women who worked outside the home. Her line of instant cake and muffin mixes helped save time and ease wartime food shortages. She revealed her delight in inventing in the name of her company—Joy Products.
Source for quote above: Roberta Fleming Roesch, “Housewife Finds Time For Two Careers,” King Features Syndicate (KFS), July 3, 1961, from the Charlotte Cramer Sachs papers, Box 1, Folder 3, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian.