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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