Innovation Council works to raise awareness about best practices for closing the gender IP gap. Over the past 50 years, women have entered the workforce at all levels in ever greater numbers. This trend has been accelerated in part by government policies, and with good reason: studies show that including women equally in the formal economy could spur growth in gross domestic product by as much as 26 per cent.
To obtain the full benefit of women’s participation in the workforce, women must be able to secure the fruits of their innovative and creative labors, especially as intangible value now makes up an ever increasing part of business value and investment. Access to and the effective use of intellectual property rights will be critical to women’s ability to capitalize on this value.
This page celebrates female innovators and presents resources about promising policies to address the gender IP gap, to ensure that women can effectively use IP tools to move their ideas to society. We are mindful of the many other IP gaps that equally warrant attention.