A report from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) entitled “Equity in Innovation: Women Inventors and Patents” found between 2000 and 2016 the number of patent applications with a man listed as the primary inventor was more than triple the number of applications with a woman listed first.

Part of the reason for women’s small share of patents is their underrepresentation in patent-intensive STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) fields.

The report outlines several recommendations to make patenting more accessible to women:

  • developing systems and data tools to better track women’s patenting activity
  • networks for women inventors and entrepreneurs
  • making the patenting process more transparent
  • making more concerted efforts to get more girls and women into STEM education
  • encouraging a more equitable division of responsibility for family care and better access to affordable child care
  • paid family leave for both mothers and fathers.

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