Trump signs Comstock-backed bill to encourage women in science
The Inspiring the Next Space Pioneers, Innovators, Researchers, and Explorers (INSPIRE) Women Act was introduced in Congress by U.S. Rep Barbara Comstock (R-VA.-10th) According to the congresswoman's office, INSPIRE 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 and programs like Aspire to Inspire, and the Summer Institute in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Research.
Comstock, who is chairwoman of the Research and Technology Subcommittee, said the act will provide the next generation of women with greater opportunities to pursue careers in the STEM fields.
“The INSPIRE Women Act is bipartisan legislation that authorizes NASA to encourage young women to study the STEM fields and to pursue careers that will further advance American's space missions,” she said in a prepared statement.
President Trump also signed into law the Promoting Women in Entrepreneurship Act, that compliments INSPIRE in promoting women in science. The bipartisan bill encourages the National Science Foundation to recruit and support women to extend their focus beyond the laboratory and into the commercial world, and to tackle the problem that only 26 percent of women with STEM degrees actually work in STEM jobs.
Comstock joined the president, Vice President Mike Pence, first lady Melania Trump, Trump's daughter, Ivanka, and other members of Congress in the Oval Office for a ceremonial bill signing Tuesday.
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