cussed in the previous chapter, the first step is to understand that women are as capable as men of contributing to the science and engineering enterprise. As discussed in the next chapter, the science and engineering community needs to come to terms with the biases and structures that impede women from realizing their potential. The data show that policy changes are sustainable only if they create a “new normal,” a new way of doing things. The community needs to work together, across departments, through professional societies, and with funders and federal agencies, to bring about gender equity so that our nation can perform at its full potential.

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