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UNESCO. The Initiative aims to shift the discussion on gender and science and technology to gain broader buy-in and to make clear that major shifts in investments will not be required. Meanwhile, the Initiative seeks to make gender discussions important to policy-makers and business leaders in many countries worldwide.

Finally, Malcom challenged participants to look at the changes that have been made and to think about additional ones; programmatic change is necessary for long-term structural change. There is still ignorance about potentially promising institutional changes, witnessed by recent debates over a 1999 report on the status of female faculty in the School of Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.2 Advocates of women’s participation in science and engineering need to understand that some beliefs regarding the intellectual inferiority of women still exist. Confronting the bias is always difficult, but women and men should be willing to stand up to it.

The workshop was formally adjourned by Catherine Didion, director of Committee of Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine.


2Study on the Status of Women Faculty in Science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1999). Available at Study. Accessed August 25, 2012.

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