The reporters for this session were Frankie Wood-Black, Cecily C. Celby (Radcliffe Institute), W. Sue Shafer, Maria Burka, and Lou Ann Heimbrook. There was considerable discussion of myths that persist —often with negative consequences. Several speakers addressed the notion of rewards for institutions that make progress in hiring and promotion of women. Also discussed in this connection was the concept of a diversity quotient—a quantitative evaluation of an institution 's success—that would recognize positive accomplishments and simultaneously identify the failures. Several participants described the importance of women working together and networking. Lou Ann Heimbrook suggested that participants should bring up these issues to the board of directors of the American Chemical Society. Participants were urged to take follow-up action after the workshop, to “do something.” As articulated by Frankie Wood-Black, the message was, It's not OK to not try.

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