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Breaking into the LabEngineering Progress for Women in Science$
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Sue V. Rosser

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814776452

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814776452.001.0001

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Women in Science Are Critical for Society

(p.214) 8 Conclusion
Breaking into the Lab

Sue V. Rosser

NYU Press

This concluding chapter suggests that women not only have had an impact on science, but will be critical for its future as well. Having women in key decision-making positions in the scientific and technological workforce is critical for the future of society. This has been illustrated in areas such as healthcare; not until a considerable number of women had entered the professions of biology and medicine could biases from androcentrism be exposed. Indeed, the national focus on attracting and retaining women in science and the particular shortages in the science and technology workforce in the wake of September 11 has prompted many institutions of higher education to review and reform their policies and practices. Virtually all institutions have articulated policies banning discrimination in hiring and prohibiting sexual harassment as well as gender discrimination.

Keywords:   women, women scientists, scientific workforce, technological workforce, healthcare, androcentrism, employment discrimination, sexual harassment, gender discrimination

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