Ideas are critical to science.
Incidentally, science is also a male-dominated field.
The complexity of gender roles in the workforce means that even in the most progressive settings, many factors can prevent ideas by women from achieving their deserved recognition. For instance, women are more frequently interrupted and less likely to demand credit for their ideas than men. In many STEM jobs, ideas are the major currency: success in science is measured by the novelty and value of our ideas and how these are presented.