Women in Science Are Critical for Society
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.
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