“Currently, only 1 in every 4 women who gets a STEM degree is working in a STEM job, which is not fair and it's not even smart for the people that aren’t taking advantage of it,” Trump stated yesterday, before he signed bills H.R. 255 and H.R. 321.
These bills support STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and gender diversity, two concepts that we also strongly support at PCG Education. Many American women have degrees in STEM, but are not employed in these specific fields. Overall, the goal of these bills are to promote women to engage and lead in these STEM fields.
The Promoting Women in Entrepreneurship Act, or H.R. 255, allows the National Science Foundation to assist women scientists, researchers, and inventors. The bill strives to support women wanting to pursue careers associated with business, science, and entrepreneurship.
The Inspiring the Next Space Pioneers, Innovators, Researchers, and Explorers (INSPIRE) Women Act, or H.R. 321, secures that NASA programs will recruit women to jobs related to STEM and aerospace. NASA is to engage with K-12 female STEM students to encourage them to pursue careers in aerospace and STEM related fields.
These two bills hope to close the gender gap in STEM fields and provide women and girls with the same opportunities towards innovation and workforce expansion. Enforcing these bills will lead women to have the ability to acquire STEM related jobs upon graduation.
The passing of this legislation reinforces the need for STEM education curriculum in grades K-12. PCG Education provides services, such as afterschool and summer programs, to promote student success in school districts. We support STEM learning and encourage students to explore STEM related careers.