News, Reviews & Reports


Report from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Economic Research
Working Paper No. 33 - Identifying the gender of PCT inventors (2016)

Report from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) Innovating Equity
Women Inventors and Patents (2016)

Report from Elsevier: ​"Gender in the Global Research Landscape” 


Universities Funding Women at Significantly Lower Rate than Men 
The funding women receive from universities to purchase equipment and set up their labs is less than half the funding men receive. That's according to a study by Health Resources in Action’s Medical Foundation published September 15, 2015, in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The analysis  found that for scientists starting out at an institution, men received $889,000 to set up labs, compared to $350,000 for women scientists. That discrepancy was even greater for applicants with Ph.D’s — $348,000 for women, compared to $936,000 for men. Read full article from Boston Business Journal.

Book Review

As a society, we recognize that we are not achieving our full innovative potential if we don’t encourage and support all potential innovators. And more and more we are looking at what innovative contributions could be coming from groups underrepresented in the innovation ecosystem, such as women, and racial and ethnic minorities. These two books are fascinating insights into the lives of two early women innovators who had very different support systems and trajectories. Read the full book review by Jennifer Gottwald, Ph.D., CLP, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF).

Her Daughter the Engineer: The Life of Elsie Gregory MacGill
by Richard I. Bourgeois-Doyle

Rocket Girl: The Story of Mary Sherman Morgan, America’s First Female Rocket Scientist
by George D. Martin