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“First Women in Science”: New Israel Young Academy Initiative to Promote Women in STEM Fields

A new initiative of the Israel Young Academy seeks to connect women scientists and students pursuing advanced degrees in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields with schools throughout Israel.
22/08/2016
Though women are well represented in many fields, the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) disciplines are disappointing in this regard. The gap between males and females in STEM fields opens up during the primary-school years and deepens as students move on to high school and institutions of higher education. Numerous studies have shown that the low number of women in these fields has a societal and environmental basis. Social convention, societal culture and the educational atmosphere in the classroom all play a significant role in the genesis and growth of this gap.
 
The Israel Young Academy can be a leader in narrowing the gap between men and women in the STEM fields. Women who have distinguished themselves in these fields may serve as significant role models for female students who are at the critical juncture of choosing their career path.
 
The Israel Young Academy’s new initiative seeks to connect women scientists and students pursuing advanced degrees in STEM fields to schools throughout Israel. In the context of this initiative, women graduate students in STEM fields will visit junior-high and high schools nationwide to address classes, sharing with the student body their areas of research, their personal stories and the challenges they have overcome along the way.
 
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