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SuperWomen in Flash Highlights Women’s Leading Role in New IT Patents

By ET Bureau - July 11, 2023 2 Mins Read

SuperWomen in Flash Highlights Women’s Leading Role in New IT Patents

SuperWomen in Flash today shared figures from a recent study by the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), a non-profit community founded in 2004 which is funded by the National Science Foundation. SuperWomen in Flash is the Flash Memory Summit (FMS) program that celebrates the success of women in the memory industry, and which encourages more young women to join this dynamic field.

NCWIT, in partnership with 1790 Analytics, publishes periodic reports on gendered patterns in IT patenting, analyzing records from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Below are a few highlights from NCWIT’s 2022 Patent Report:

  • In the last five years, approximately 10% of U.S. IT patents included women as inventors.
  • In the U.S., IT patenting overall increased almost 17-fold between 1980-84 and 2016-2020.
  • Patents with woman inventors increased 56-fold from 1980-84 to 2017-2020, even as the percentage of women employed in IT either remained flat or decreased slightly.

In addition: 

  • In 2022, 27% of professional computing occupations in the U.S. workforce were held by women.
  • In 2022, 23% of total tech C-suite positions in Fortune 500 companies were held by women.

Starting in 2018, FMS has presented a SuperWomen in Flash Leadership Award to showcase the achievements of women in the traditionally male-dominated memory industry.  Past recipients of the FMS SuperWomen in Flash Leadership Award include: 

  • Amber Huffman, Former Intel Fellow and Board Chair of the NVMe Working Group
  • Calline Sanchez, IBM Vice President WW Systems Services & Technical Universities
  • Barbara Nelson, WekaIO, VP Cloud
  • Dr. Yan Li, Western Digital, VP of Engineering

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“The data infrastructure memory industry, and tech overall, is a highly dynamic space, one where creativity, attention to detail, and an innovative approach can make a significant difference to the development and adoption of new technologies,” said Camberley Bates, VP and Practice Lead, The Futurum Group, and founder of the SuperWomen in Flash Leadership program. “It’s an ideal space for women to build rewarding and successful careers, and through SuperWomen in Flash we aim to attract more women to the memory industry.”

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