Women need support for technological careers, MKs told

Young women are reluctant to go into engineering because of the “impossible hours” that day care centers are open. In addition, there are self-image and cultural problems, Open University president Prof. Hagit Messer-Yaron told a joint meeting of Knesset Committees on the Status of Women and Science and Technology on Tuesday.

Messer-Yaron, a former director- general of the Science and Technology Ministry, said there were a number of roadblocks to increasing representation of women in the exact sciences. Besides the matter of image and culture, the objective problem was the need to offer accessible day care.

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