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Most people have heard of famous inventors such as Alexander Graham Bell, and Benjamin Franklin but what about Grace Hopper and Stephanie Kwolek?
Hopper invented computer programming, and Kwolek invented Kevlar, a material five times stronger than steel and currently used to protect people from bullets, yet these names aren’t as well known.
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RS Components has reviewed the latest OECD Gender Initiative Report to reveal the ratio of male to female inventors in countries around the world – view the infographic below to discover how the weightings stack up.
What can we learn from this piece?
Latvia is leading the way when it comes to female inventors with more than a quarter (26%) of its inventors being femaleThe UK lags behind with less than one in 10 inventors being femaleAlthough Kwolek and Hopper were both living in the USA, America is 12th on the list with only 10.4% of its inventors being female
How does your country compare?