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It’s Women’s History Month! What better time to open registration?

By Sarah Goode | March 9, 2022

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Reserve your spot in Equalize 2022.

What better time to open registration for Equalize than during Women’s History MonthReserve your spot now for the live virtual pitch event on June 30, 2022, 12:30pm – 5:00pm CT.

“Fun facts” about (just a few) women who have made history in science and innovation…

  • The earliest recorded female physician was Merit Ptah, a doctor in ancient Egypt who lived around 2700 B.C. Many historians believe she may be the first woman recorded by name in the history of all of the sciences, making her achievement all the more impressive.
  • On May 15, 1809, Mary Dixon Kies received the first U.S. patent issued to a woman for inventing a process for weaving straw with silk or thread. Before then, most women inventors didn’t bother to patent their new inventions because they couldn’t legally own property independent of their husbands. Few could get the support necessary to turn their ideas into a reality.
  • 40s movie actress, Hedy Lamarr wasn’t just a pretty face, she was also an inventor. Hoping to find a way to contribute to the war effort during World War II, Lamarr developed a radio-controlled torpedo device which used “frequency hopping” to prevent the signals from the torpedoes from being jammed. While the technology wasn’t adopted for WWII, it was used in subsequent conflicts.
  • Marie Curie is the only woman to ever win two Nobel Prizes. Her first award was for physics for her work on spontaneous radiation with her husband, with her second being in Chemistry for her studies of radioactivity.
  • Susan Kare developed most of the interface elements for Apple Macintosh. Kare helped develop the bulk of those little icons early Mac users clicked on every day. Kare left Apple in the 80’s, and is still working with innovating new technologies and improving design.

Source: Master’s Degree.net, https://www.mastersdegree.net/50-fascinating-facts-womens-history-month/#:~:text=1%20Marie%20Curie%20is%20the%20only%20woman%20to,only%20as%20a%20singer%2C%20dancer%20and%20actress.%20

In more recent times….

  • More women are entering and staying active in the patent system than ever before.
  • By the end of 2019, the number of patents with at least one woman inventor was 21.9%.
  • The “Women Inventor Rate” (WIR) – the share of U.S. inventors receiving patents who are women – was 12.8% in 2019.
  • The share of women among new inventors on issued patents increased to 17.3% by 2019.

Source: USPTO “Progress and Potential: 2020 update on U.S. women inventor-patentees,” https://www.uspto.gov/ip-policy/economic-research/publications/reports/progress-potential

Onward and Upward!

Women still have a ways to go to achieve equitable representation in the world of patents and tech transfer. Equalize is taking national action to help close the gap by supporting women academic inventors forming university startups. Visit equalize.wustl.edu to see the cohort of pitchers who are doing their part to make history in 2022.

If you are interested in supporting Equalize as a sponsor, please contact Sarah Goode (goodes@wustl.edu).