Findings by the US Patent Office and leading researchers show that women, people of color and veterans are significantly underrepresented as US patent inventors. All of the data suggest that the U.S. has missed out on millions of inventors.
Maintaining a technical and innovative edge is vital for success in the marketplace and for the economic and technological success of the U.S. For individual companies, more innovation can lead to increased market share, customer acquisition, employee retention and more. Increasing Diversity in Innovation (DII) is a first step in reaching these goals, and the time for action is now.
The Diversity Pledge is a commitment to working to understand and address the issue of underrepresented inventors. The pledge is currently signed by many of the world largest companies and innovators.
Despite significant efforts to increase the enrollment and graduation rate of women in STEM disciplines, the high attrition rate of female engineers in industry is a looming threat to the future of the U.S. economy. Negative workplace experiences have been found to be the most significant reason for women to leave engineering careers.
Our goal is to strive for a world in which women in technical fields are proportionately represented and equitably compensated throughout the professional ranks in the industry, academia, and the public sector.