Trump Signals Support for Women in STEM
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 03, 2017,
Mar 03, 2017, 0:59
This likely refers to the results of a U.S. census back in 2012, which notes that just 25 percent of both men and women with a bachelor's in a STEM subject find work in a STEM field, a problem linked to the lack of funding and career support for science in general.
The Promoting Women in Entrepreneurship Act amends the Science and Engineering Equal Opportunities Act to authorize the NSF to encourage its entrepreneurial programs to recruit and support women to extend their focus beyond the laboratory into the commercial world.
Speaking of the poor representation of women in STEM, Trump said that "it's not fair and it's not even smart".
The resolution directs NASA to submit a report to Congress in the next 90 days on a plan to organize, facilitate and support efforts for current and retired astronauts, scientists, engineers and innovators to engage with school-aged female STEM students and inspire the upcoming generation of women to consider participating in science related fields. "By encouraging women and tapping their talents and abilities, employers can better meet their hiring needs, and women can enjoy the benefits of well-paying jobs in STEM fields".
According to Trump, one solution for accommodating more American women in STEM jobs is limiting "offshoring", the practice of moving jobs to overseas positions to cut costs.
Trump signed the bills surrounded by various women like Rep. Barbara Comstock, who introduced the INSPIRE Act, and Sen.
Both bills were approved unanimously by Congress. The bills passed the House and Senate unanimously. Dean Heller, R-Nev. Those are science, technology, engineering and math.
Trump signed into law two bills supporting women's and girls' career paths in the sciences, technology engineering and mathematics fields (STEM). The bill authorizes the National Science Foundation to "support entrepreneurial programs for women". STEM education is critical to our country's economy and global competitiveness. Klobuchar is also one of the founding co-chairs of the Diversifying Technology Caucus and co-chair of the Women's High Tech Coalition.