Significance of Nurturing Woman Inventors
Worldwide the effect of loosing virtue to be curious is spreading out. But only those who are inquisitive own the benefit to realize deficiencies. No matter what age or gender, we only should follow the motto “necessity is the mother of invention”. Every achievement starts with the decision to try it. It is fortunate to observe a growing trend in the involvement of women in various fields such as science, technology, business and the arts. However, women are to play a more highlighted role in the world. The time has arrived to facilitate the engagement of women in innovation and creativity and raise awareness about its importance. Because of these aims we have to start the support of young girls in an early state of development.
In retrospective view since the foundation of the High-Technology-Student-Group (HAG) at my school in 1982, as a mentor and supporter I experienced a multiplicity of impressions among girls and boys of different thinking and other methodic approach on the path from an innovative idea to realization of an invention.
If we talk about inventors, many of us keep men in mind. In doing so, one forgets that women have made epoch-making inventions in all innovate domains. It is usual that a woman must convince twice before she will be accepted on the road of invention. But the world owes a huge debt to the numerous women around the globe who have effected change and have been a great source of inspiration to us today and to the next genertion of girls aspiring to be the inventors and creators of tomorrow.
It is also well known that inventions made by men often do not necessarily include the needs of women. For instance, the first developed airbags which were found to be a life hazard for women or kids. Another example is uncomfortable but sexy underclothes.
One of the reasons is the missing empathy of women needs because most of the inventors, designer and developer are men. Although it is public that balanced mixed teams are more successful often disparity in favour of men exists. An important demand for successful inventions is the consideration of different needs by women and men. So we need more women as engineers who use their brain capabilty in a very effective manner with offen more optimal goal-oriented approach than men to create innovative inventions.
Another aspect is that women´s portion as customer becomes more and more influential. That is why women will have a great influence of forward-looking trend and innovative inventions. The reason behind small percentage of active women in the field of inventions must be the missing motivation in schools for technical subjects studied (called STEM – Science, Technlogy, Engineering, Mathematics). The most important reason for existing disparity is the missing of early advancement of girls. So we have to care that the support of creativity and motivation for STEM must start in schools or even at nursery schools.
In Germany only 11 % of all beginners for technological studies are female in 40 % for all kind of studies. But this can´t explain only with the different role allocation between men and women. Against this assumption must be seen that e.g. in Dubai or Syria the gender role is more strict separate than in Europe and the technological studies were basically used by women.
For over 40 years I have been engaged with nature-scientific school-activities. That’s why I know the importance of an early education in science, technology, engeneering and maths. All these 4 fields of activity are the important basics for every nation’s future worldwide.
My long experience as Leader of HAG-project assured me that boys and girls as young inventors are able to widely benefit from each other’s strong points and different course of action. Girls and boys have their own specific way of thinking driven by fantasy, curiosity and imagination which leads to unusual ideas, active visions, independency and social competency. Whereas boys show a tendency jumping from one to another idea if a goal is not within reach. Instead of that girls stay on the way by trying to find an alternative solution. Boys appear often hectic but most confident what is be seen by flurry finding other possibilities whereas girls stay calm, deliberate and goal-oriented. In turn, girls can offer useful assistance, basic hand out advice, important instructions and code of practice to guide the boys on their common way to becoming successful young creators of their innovative ideas.
My supervision over a very long time makes me sure girls do not go with the head through a wall like the boys will do it often. Instead of that they prefer to search the door with their eyes. I´m sure that girls and women often follow same intention that is more important to do something in little instead of talking about on a grand scale.
On this reason we have to focus of “The effect of creativity on youth” in whereas the emphasis is placed on the importance of inborn creativity and their continuous strengthening. The aim is to encourage motivation among little girls and young ladies, to sharpen their communication skills and to raise awareness for the development of innovative ideas.
Conclusion: Girls and women are taking us into a wonderland of experience and understanding as they step into the creative sphere and express their creativity in the most brilliant and courgeous forms. Ignorance of female invention power must be history. Up to now and in future girls and women innovative talents must be an important goal for all nations worlwide. In order to build a bridge between former ignorance and future needfulness of woman invention power we have to care for young girls early as possible best in nursery school.
My advice for a huge prosperity of successful girls and women as innovative inventors: Never follow a crowd solely because of being afraid to be different.
Written by IFIA Youth Network Manager, Mr. Winfried Sturm.