These are the women on Time’s Best Inventions of 2017 list

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By Nicole Lyn Pesce

So much for the “mother” of invention.

There’s a gaping gender gap in U.S. patents filed each year, with just 8% of them counting a woman as the primary inventor, according to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. Worse, they predict that women won’t close this patenting gap for another 75 years, which brings us to 2092.

The IWPR links the lack of female inventors taking the lead on patents to the fact that women are still underrepresented in STEM fields, although there are signs that girls are gravitating toward math and science.

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