Following the opening panel discussion, those attending the symposium participated in workshop sessions to examine specific policy and practice issues affecting women that have emerged from recent changes in scientific investigation, education and workplaces. Each workshop group developed specific proposals to advance opportunities for women, and identified corresponding strategies for action in their home institutions.

Dr. Maxine Savitz, Member of the National Science Board and the National Academy of Engineering, and Dr. Maria Pellegrini, Program Director at the W.M. Keck Foundation, provided leadership for these sessions. In large group meetings that preceded the first workshop sessions, Drs. Savitz and Pellegrini reflected on key points raised by the opening panel and led discussion of issues relevant to all workshop groups. Following the final workshop sessions, participants reconvened for lively discussion of the recommendations made by the various workshop groups to create new opportunities for girls and women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and professions.

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