Diversity; Gender; Patents; Innovation; Economic Development; Gaming


Gaming and Casino Operations Management | Gaming Law | Intellectual Property Law | Law and Gender

Document Type

Original Review Article (Essays, Opinion Pieces, and/or Book Reviews)


During this difficult economic time, as policy makers decide how to use their limited resources to help prepare the rising generation for the demands of an ever-changing workforce, aligning K-12 educational priorities with higher education and economic development can help maximize public dollar investments in STEM education, particularly when females are given access to STEM and STEM-related education and programs. Smart public policy initiatives can help increase the representation of women in the technology, research and development, and innovation departments.

The purpose of this article is to provide policy recommendations that could help increase gender diversity and participation in STEM education pipelines and stimulate innovation. Viewing public dollar investments in female STEM education as an economic development tool not only encourages diverse participation in traditionally male dominated industries but can help leverage STEM education into an economic driver that promotes strong technology sectors in state economies.

Funding Sources

No funding was provided for this research.

Competing Interests

Becky Harris Competing Interest Statement – Becky Harris Ms. Harris was selected as a Co-Chair for the American Gaming Association (AGA) Responsible Marketing Code for Sports Wagering, Code Compliance Review Board and receives no compensation for her role with the AGA. She serves as a non-executive director on the Board of PointsBet and receives remuneration for her participation. Ms. Harris also serves as a paid consultant from time to time and has received payment from GLG, GMA and the Skill Integrity Council as well as reimbursement for travel for participating in various events from Clarion Gaming, IAGR, SBC Events, and R. Scott Rasmussen. Andrea Dassopoulos Andrea Dassopoulos receives funding from the State of Nevada Department of Health and Human Services. Daniel Sahl Mr. Sahl received funding from the State of Nevada, through the Governor's Office of Economic Development's Knowledge Fund. Anna Starostina None


Daniel Sahl, Andrea Dassopoulos, Anna Starostina