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What does it mean for women to be at the heart of our business? Janine Swarbrick and Sofie McPherson of HGF examine the gender balance in IP and what is being done to improve it.
Historically, professions in science and law have been dominated by men, but how does this industry look in 2022? Are women really at the heart of it? Why should they be there? And what more could be done to support women in their careers in this field?
For women to be at the heart of our business, it is critical they are engaged with the running and direction of the business and can participate fully. This matters at all seniority levels: for junior staff, a lack of inclusion and positive senior role models can make it seem that a place at the top is not available to them.
If women feel that they are fighting against the tide, lack a sense of belonging, or that they are not acknowledged fully in moving the business forwards, retention of female staff can be an issue and talented women can be lost.
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