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Supporting the Careers of Women in the Next Generation

The proportion of women in the aerospace field is low. The percentages of female members in the following academic societies are also very low: 21% for the Japanese Society for Biological Sciences in Space, 16% for the Japan Geoscience Union, 11% for the Astronomical Society of Japan, and 10% for the Society of Geomagnetism and Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences. These figures are even lower for women who climb higher in rank.
In JAXA's Work-Life Support and Diversity Office, 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.
(Member ratio: From the results of a survey conducted by the Japan Inter-society Liaison Association Committee for Promoting Equal Participation of Men and Women in Science and Engineering in 2015. Also note that the Japan Society for Aeronautical and Space Sciences did not disclose the data.)

■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 2016 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 27% in science departments and 14% 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 government has enacted the "Basic Law for a Gender-Equal Society" and the "Act on Promotion of Women's Participation and Advancement in the Workplace" to achieve a society where every woman desiring a significant role in the workplace can express her talents and abilities completely. At the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), the "Support Program for Enabling Female High School Students to Choose Science and Engineering Majors" has been promoted to arouse interest in science and technology in the primary and secondary school stages. The Gender Equity Bureau of the Cabinet Office has set up a website titled "Challenges to Science and Engineering" for female students to introduce the experiences of female researchers and engineers in addition to the approaches of science and engineering universities and industries.

Supporting Activities

JAXA's Work-Life Support and Diversity 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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Events

FY2017

Sunday, April 23, 2017
Special Open Day at the Chofu Aerospace Center
Special Talk Event by JAXA Female Researchers “My Work and Life Balance" was held.
Participants: 90

FY2016

FY2015

FY2014