Historically, there has been limited attention and innovation in addressing issues like menopause, endometriosis, and menstrual health. This is partly due to the underrepresentation of women as inventors and entrepreneurs. However, some exceptional women like Geetha Manjunath and Linda Griffith have made significant contributions by leveraging their personal experiences and expertise.
Geetha Manjunath, with a background in AI and ML, founded Niramai, a startup that uses thermal imaging for early breast cancer detection. Linda Griffith, a professor at MIT, established a lab focused on endometriosis research after witnessing her niece suffer from the disease.
This article emphasizes that challenges in women’s health innovation reflect broader issues in technology and innovation, such as disparities based on gender, race, and socioeconomic background. It also raises questions about how to make innovation more inclusive and meet the needs of a diverse population.
The Tech For All lab advocates for a more inclusive approach to technology development and addresses the importance of addressing social taboos and inclusivity in technology development.