Sister Doris Gormley is director of corporate social responsibility for the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia. This spring, after receiving a proxy statement from a large Silicon Valley corporation called Cypress Semiconductor, she sent back a courteous, three-paragraph form letter explaining her order's belief that corporations should include qualified women and minorities on their boards. In return, she received a six-page lecture from Cypress CEO T.J. Rodgers, who said, among other things, that views such as hers were "immoral." So much for my assumption that every little American boy is raised to be particularly polite to nuns.

Sister Doris reacted...

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