Lemelson-MIT: Women are big potential inventors
Young women have all the characteristics to be inventors but do not regard innovation as their forte, a self perception that deprives the United States of an untapped group of creative talent.
That's one conclusion of a new survey from Lemelson-MIT, a program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that recognizes outstanding inventors and innovators and seeks to inspire young people to pursue creative careers through innovation.
In a press release, the program said: "The annual Lemelson-MIT Invention Index, which gauges Americans' perceptions about invention and innovation, this year surveyed young men and women ages 16 - 25. Almost three in four young women (71 percent) indicate they are creative, the characteristic they most associate with inventors (63 percent); however, less than one in three (27 percent) describe themselves as inventive."
That finding highlights the need to encourage young women --- and men --- to study science and math and to inspire them about the impact they can have on others through invention, the program said.
The program's press release included a statement from Chad Mirkin, a member of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and 2009 recipient of the $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize.
Referring to creativity and inventiveness, Mirkin said, "Women have an enormous amount to offer in this regard, but aren't currently pursuing science or technology fields at a high enough rate."