Microsoft Broadens Help for Women Workers in Pandemic-Hit Israel
Michal Braverman-Blumenstyk is concerned her mission to get more women into the technology sector in Israel is being eroded by the pandemic.
In Israel, like elsewhere, women are bearing the brunt of the economic cost of the Covid-19 crisis, making it critical to give them extra support, the general manager of Microsoft Corp.’s Israel research and development center, said in an interview.
The U.S. technology giant is granting parents an additional 12 weeks of paid vacation to ease the burden of school shutdowns and remote learning, she said. With women making up about a quarter of Microsoft’s more than 2,000 tech employees in Israel, the company last month opened a new campus in Herzilya, complete with nursing rooms and play areas for children.
About 17% of Israeli mothers with young kids have lost their jobs since the outbreak began, double the rate of fathers, according to a recent study by Professor Michal Grinstein-Weiss of Washington University. Nearly 40% of those women struggled to find work because they lacked alternatives for child care.