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A key issue, then, is how the academic community moves from differentism to seeing one another as familiar. There are many steps along that path. Malcom described how women of color need to be visible and to participate. They must insist on certain kinds of behaviors—that the institutions that fund research, honor researchers, and maintain disciplines’ status behave in such a way that outstanding women of color are included and are a part of creating and sharing knowledge.

Malcom called on talented women of color to remain present and continue contributing, to bring forth a world of science and technology where differentism dissolves, members of academia see one another as familiar, and familiar and talented are one and the same.

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