Being a mom is one of the hardest jobs in the world, and staying at home to take care of kids full-time instead of paying for child care is incredibly valuable. But for some women, they wanted to do more than just be a mom. In many of these 30 stories, these stay-at-home moms invented creative solutions to a problem that all moms face. Others created a new form of entertainment for kids, and others used writing as a creative outlet and blossomed into best-selling authors.
30. Joy Mangano
In 1990, Joy Mangano was a single mother with three kids living in New York. She invented “The Miracle Mop”, which allows people to mop a floor without ever having to ring out the dirty mop head with their hands. It appeared on The Home Shopping Network, and in just 20 minutes, the stock of 18,000 mops sold out. She went on to invent other helpful products, like “huggable hangers”. She hold over 100 patents for her inventions that are just waiting to be made. Today, she has an estimated net worth of $50 million. The 2015 movie Joy starring Jennifer Lawrence was based on Joy Mangano’s life.