‘Shat­ter glass ceil­ings’

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY - BY JC REPORTER

SCI­ENCE CA­REERS for Is­raeli and Arab women must be given more sup­port said writer and ac­tress Tracy-Ann Oberman.

“Don’t teach your daugh­ters to fit into glass slip­pers, teach them to shat­ter glass ceil­ings,” she told 100 din­ers at a lunch in sup­port of the Weiz­mann In­sti­tute of Sci­ence in Is­rael.

“The In­sti­tute is a bea­con of ex­cel­lence. It has opened its doors to Is­raeli and Arab stu­dents. Its won­der­ful fa­cil­i­ties are open to all who wish to pur­sue ex­cel­lence in the field of medicine and sci­ence, re­gard­less of na­tion­al­ity or re­li­gion.”

The In­sti­tute of­fers fe­male PhD grad­u­ates merit-based schol­ar­ships — 11 women a year are awarded grants to­talling £250,000.

Weiz­mann UK’s Sheri­dan Gould said: “Over half of sci­ence stu­dents at Is­raeli uni­ver­si­ties are women, but due to fam­ily pres­sures far too few are able to con­tinue their ca­reers. By pro­vid­ing grants we are en­abling bril­liant young women sci­en­tists to con­tinue their re­search.”

The event, held at the St John’s Wood home of Lady Rosa Lip­worth, raised more than £60,000.

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