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Supporting the Careers of Women in the Next Generation

The proportion of women in the aerospace field is low. The female membership in the Japan Society for Aeronautical and Space Sciences is extremely low; only 3% of the employees are female. The percentages of female members in the following academic societies are also very low: 14% for the Japanese Society for Biological Sciences in Space, 12% for the Japan Geoscience Union, 11% for the Astronomical Society of Japan, and 9% for the Society of Geomagnetism and Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences. These figures are even lower for women who climb higher in rank. In this project, we will increase the opportunities to exchange opinions with high school, university, and graduate school students. We will help visualize the role model and support the careers of women in the next generation.

■Introducing Role Models

A booklet compiling the experiences of female employees active in JAXA has been prepared.
This booklet describes the jobs and everyday lives of female employees with various backgrounds, including both science and arts majors.

Status

(The Difference in Majors between Male and Female Students in Universities)

According to the Basic Research on Schools in FY 2013 by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, female students tend to have biases in their majors, and the ratio of female students advancing to science and engineering departments remains low (only one fourth in science departments and one eighth in engineering departments). An analysis sought to identify the reason that female students do not advance to science and engineering departments. The results clearly point to the role of guardians (parents) and teachers, who consider female students to be ill-suited for science and engineering or who tell female student to choose other careers with brighter future prospects. Meanwhile, industries and other parties are moving forward to utilize the new and flexible ideas of female researchers and engineers for their strategic diversity.

(The Approach of the Government and Universities)

The importance of supporting female students to choose science and engineering fields has been clearly reported in “The 2nd Basic Plan for a Gender-Equal Society” and “The 3rd Science and Technology Basic Plan.” Based on these reports, the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) has promoted “The Support Program for Enabling Female High School Students to Choose Science and Engineering Majors” since FY 2006 to arouse interest in science and technology from the primary and secondary school education stages.
The Gender Equality Bureau of the Cabinet Office has set up a website for female students available since FY 2005. The site introduces the approaches of science and engineering universities and industries related to gender equality, as well as the experiences of senior female engineers and researchers. (Challenge to Science and Engineering)
Many universities now hold events where female high school or university students can exchange opinions with senior female researchers. Various events are introduced in the homepage of JST’s Project to Support the Research Activities of Female Researchers.

Supporting Activities

JAXA’s Gender-Equality Promotion Office supports female students who rise to the challenges of a scientific and technical career by holding opinion exchange events, such as seminars and coffee sessions for high school, university, and graduate students, as a means to support the careers of the next generation of female researchers.
On days when JAXA is open to the public, we conduct events introducing the career of selected female employees, their contributions to our R&D, and their experiences on balancing work and family. Please feel free to participate in these events.

Consulting Service

If you have any questions or would like to consult with us about anything, please contact us at the following email address:
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Schedules of Seminars and Opinion Exchange Meetings

Saturday, October 15, 2016
Special Open Day at the Tsukuba Space Center
Special Talk Event by JAXA staff "Come to JAXA! My Work and Life Balance of exploring space" was held.
Participants: 252
Friday and Saturday, July 29 to 30, 2016
Special Open Day at the Sagamihara Campus.
Special Talk Event by JAXA Female Researchers “My Work and Life Balance" was held.
Participants: 354
Sunday, April 24, 2016
Special Open Day at the Chofu Aerospace Center
Special Talk Event by JAXA Female Researchers “My Work at JAXA" was held at the Work-Life Support and Diversity Office Booth.
Participants: 213
Friday and Saturday, July 24 to 25, 2015
Special Open Day at the Sagamihara Campus.
Special Talk Event by JAXA Researchers “My Work and Life Balance” was held at the Gender Equality Office Booth.
Participants: 542
Sunday, May 31, 2015
Special Event “Women x Science Day” at the Katsushika Campus of Tokyo University of Science
We exhibited in a company booth of the Event.
Participants of our booth (held twice): Approximately 90
Sunday, April 19, 2015
Special Open Day at the Chofu Aerospace Center
Special Talk Event by JAXA Female Researchers “My Work at JAXA ~ Meet Real JAXA Researches Here~ ” was held at the Gender Equality Office Booth.
Participants: 218
Saturday, April 18, 2015
Special Open Day at the Tsukuba Space Center
Special Talk Event by JAXA Female Researchers “My Work and Life Balance” and Round Table Talk with female university students were held at the Gender Equality Office Booth.
Participants: 252
Friday, October 10, 2014
52nd Aircraft Symposium (hosted by Japan Society for Aeronautical and Space Sciences) Special Event
A Delivery Type Sky Cafe "Soar in the Sky ~ Talking with Researchers About Work and Life ~"
Venue: Nagasaki Brick Hall Site E
An exchange meeting was held with the students participating in the symposium and the JAXA staff. Participants: 20
Friday and Saturday, July 25 to 26, 2014
Open campus at the Sagamihara Campus
Gender-Equality Promotion Office Booth: “Science and Engineering Field Employees Talking of their Work”
Talk Session by Males in the Science Field and Lecture by Females in the Science Field was held Participants: 542
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Special opening of the Tsukuba Space Center
Gender-Equal Society Promotion Office Booth: “Come to JAXA! Female Employees”
Talking of their Work in the Science and Engineering Field” / A lecture was given by female employees. Participants: 304