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Attracting and Retaining Young Japanese Women in Robotics [Women in Engineering]

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Japan is well known for having one of the lowest percentages of women pursuing careers in engineering (<;10%), both in industry and at the academic level. Although some efforts have been made to attract women, cultural traditions are still too strong to be tackled, and only a few girls enter universities to study engineering (~11% versus 65% in social science and literature). Despite efforts to increase it, this figure has been stable for the past ten years. For mechanical engineering, the percentage drops to less than 10%, making female students, faculties, and professionals almost marginal.

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IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine  (Volume:20 ,  Issue: 3 )