SXSW 2020

Strengthening the Innovation Ecosystem for Women


How do we achieve gender parity in STEM fields, particularly when it comes to invention and innovation? The share of patents that include at least one woman as an inventor increased from about 7% in the 1980s to 21% by 2016. And though the number of women in science and engineering classes and workplaces is growing, men continue to outnumber women at the top levels of science, innovation, and invention. 50% of women who begin work in STEM leave after 12 years and the majority of them move out of STEM within the first 5 years. Employers, educational institutions, and other organizations strive to correct the gender imbalance in STEM and innovation, but where does the discrepancy between men and women in innovation come from, and what can be done to change it?

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  1. Less than 25% of the U.S. STEM workforce comprises women. Only 12% of patented inventors are women.
  2. What the federal government, industry, and organizations can do to support women employees and help with the challenges women face in STEM fields
  3. Advice for women who are interested in pursuing careers in scientific research, invention, and patenting



Linda Hosler, Deputy Program Manager, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Workplace
  • Track 2
  • Level: Intermediate

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