Trump signs bills to promote women in scientific fields

Posted March 03, 2017

The INSPIRE Women Act authorizes the NASA Administrator to encourage women and girls to study science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and to pursue careers that will further advance America's space science and exploration efforts through support of initiatives like: NASA GIRLS and NASA BOYS; Aspire to Inspire; and the Summer Institute in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Research. By encouraging women to follow a career in STEM, we can help foster innovation, promote entrepreneurism and maintain our country's global competitiveness.

President Trump called current data on the number of women working in computer science and technical fields "unacceptable" in his remarks during the bills' signing.

The second bill, H.R. 255, or the Promoting Women in Entrepreneurship Act, requires the National Science Foundation to use existing programs to recruit and support employment of women in science segment.

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"Women are the teachers, engineers, scientists, and inventors who will carry us into a brighter future", Klobuchar said in a news release.

"Inspiring the Next Space Pioneers, Innovators, Researchers and Explorers (INSPIRE) Women Act" and "Promoting Women in Entrepreneurship Act" - were both introduced by women in Congress.

From sexist attitudes and family priorities to a lack of role models, reasons abound as to why girls don't enter STEM fields and why when they do many don't enter careers in those fields.

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Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas): "I thank Congresswoman Comstock and Representative Esty for their work on these two bills". Heidi Heitkamp, as well as his daughter Ivanka Trump and First Lady Melania Trump.

In the Oval Office, Trump expressed the need to have more policies addressing women in the workforce. The legislation also requires a report to Congress on how NASA plans to achieve the goals laid out in the bill.

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The White House didn't immediately respond to a request for comment as to what these other bills could be.