early and be taken a chance on, so to speak, because they undoubtedly will be able to perform. Men have known that for a very long time. There are many examples of individuals who have been chosen for a major position, somebody who did not necessarily move up the chain.
We as women need to maintain our ability to go out there and find the talent. We need to keep people in mind for these kinds of major positions.
We also need to do something about the major problem, as you’ve heard all through this workshop, of what we are going to do about child care in the United States. Other countries have solved this problem. We so far have not been able to do so. But all of us working together must forge the answer to this very vexing problem.
Finally, we must strive to stop placing the modifier in front of the noun. To stop referring to a “woman” president or a “woman” dean; she is a president or she is a dean. If we do that, I think we will set the stage for some of the things we really want to see happen. With that and through what I hope will be a continued set of workshops, we will build on success that modifies itself constantly for more and more women in those top positions and others as well.