Women's History Month Resource Hub

Women's History Month Resource Hub

AUTM Women’s Inventor Toolkit

Women Inventors Throughout History:

Smithsonian - Women Inventors

Women in Science and Technology: A Resource Guide


Tech Transfer Office Programs:

In 2014, the Washington University Office of Technology Management (OTM) introduced the Women in Innovation and Technology (WIT) program to address the persistent under-representation of women in technology commercialization efforts.

The Women Innovators Initiative is a Cornell program to Engage, Empower, and Grow women faculty, staff, and graduate students on the path toward technology innovation and entrepreneurial leadership.

Jennifer Gottwald, director of licensing at WARF, wants as many UW-Madison inventors as possible to disclose their ideas to WARF and pursue patenting. Women comprise just 12.8% of total inventor-patentees in the U.S. in 2019, according to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, so Gottwald knows there’s plenty of untapped potential.


The Equalize Program: Working Toward Gender Parity in Academic Innovation

AUTM Survey Data Shows Gender Gaps Persist for Key Technology Transfer Activities

AUTM on the Air:

Equality in Academia: Investing in Women for Better Science With Janet, Ulrike, and UrsulaAcademia plays a crucial role in societal progress, supported by significant public funds allocated to higher education and research institutions. However, this support is compromised by pervasive sexism within academia, leading to the loss of talented women and impeding scientific advancement.

Breaking Barriers: The Untold Stories of Women Inventors With Rebekah Oakes
Women's History Month celebrates the vital contributions of women throughout history and into the present day, marking a period where we honor their achievements and resilience across a multitude of fields, notably in areas like technology transfer and innovation.

Forging Your Own Path in the Technology Transfer Space with Laura Schoppe
Today is World Intellectual Property Day, and this year's theme focuses on celebrating the achievements of women in the field of innovation and creativity. Laura is certainly one of the many women who deserve to be celebrated today, not only for her technical and entrepreneurial achievements, but also the work she is doing to lift other women up alongside her! 

Making the Paths to Commercialization of Inventions More Equitable with Aileen Dingus
Today I'm excited to be joined by Aileen Dingus, the Commercialization Network and Events Manager, to talk about making the paths to commercialization of inventions more equitable. Aileen brings a wealth of experience from both the private sector and higher education, making her a valuable voice in the conversation on making the paths to commercialization of inventions more equitable.

Inclusive Innovation: Bridging the Inventor Gap with Insights from Colleen Chien and Lisa Larrimore Ouellette
Have you ever wondered why some voices are less heard in the world of innovation? In this episode, we're diving into a critical topic within the realm of U.S. innovation – the existing inequity in patent inventorship. This issue has led to a significant "innovator-inventor" gap, marked by the underrepresentation of women among patent inventors and the obstacles encountered by inventors from low-income backgrounds. I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to shed light on this important subject and am joined by two specialists in the field.

Disrupting Women’s Healthcare with Oriana Papin-Zoghbi
Ovarian cancer is one of the biggest killers, one of the hardest to diagnose, and the second most expensive to treat. Today’s guest is the cofounder of AOA Dx, a company that is transforming ovarian cancer detection and diagnosis.

Oriana Papin-Zoghbi is a Venezuelan-born entrepreneur who grew up in the Middle East and attended school in Europe before moving to the United States. In this episode, she shares how she serendipitously became involved in the women’s health space before the word femtech even existed, how her Hispanic heritage has influenced her career, and the founding story of AOA Dx.

Closing the Gender Gap in Patenting with Intan Hamdan-Livramento, Elodie Carpentier, and Julio Raffo
Data from two decades of patent filings from across the world shows that only 4% of international patents were invented exclusively by women. This statistic, along with the many others that are shared in WIPO’s report (The Global Gender Gap in Innovation and Creativity), highlight that we still have a long way to go to close the gender gap in patenting.