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These are some of the global hotspots where women inventors are defying the gender gap

While men continue to dominate patent applications, the share of women inventors has grown steadily since the late 1970s.

While men continue to dominate patent applications, the share of women inventors has grown steadily since the late 1970s. Image: Unsplash/Tim Mossholder

Andrea Willige
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Graph measuring the women inventor rate in EPO countries.
Europe’s women inventor rate (WIR) has risen substantially since the late 1970s but is still only 13% – around half that of Korea and China. Image: EPO

Statistic showing the women inventor rate by EPO country.
The women inventor rate (WIR) varies widely among European countries, with Latvia at the top and Austria at the bottom. Image: EPO
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Figure showing the gender gaps in online training.
Women and men differ in their choices for online training. Image: World Economic Forum

Figures showing the women's share of potential authorships.
A study suggests that women scientists are less likely to be named in scientific works compared to their male colleagues. Image: Nature

Figure showing the share of women and men reporting their contributions.
Women scientists report that their contributions are being ignored. Image: Nature

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