“Breaking Barriers: Female Inventors Blazing a Path Forward”

Published in the July 2018, The Invention Gender Gap special edition of Technology and Innovation Journal

Authored by Yolanda Comedy and Elizabeth Dougherty

“Breaking Barriers: Female Inventors Blazing a Path Forward”

The gender gaps faced by women in our societies globally—in pay, education, and even health outcomes—are well known. Yet, we still seek commitment and workable policies to ensure that these
gaps close. In the case of invention, a sizeable gap exists, as women patent significantly less than men, and this disparity is explored to some extent in this article. However, our main goal is to highlight women in the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)-Lemelson Invention Ambassadors program who have broken the barriers and become important inventors. By focusing on their achievements, we hope to inspire others around the world to ensure that more women have the opportunities necessary to increase their participation in solving global problems.