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Trump signs Comstock-backed bill to encourage women in science

President Donald Trump (R) on Tuesday signed into law a bill to encourage more girls and women to enter a career in the sciences.

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.



Comments


Trump is good enough for a photo opportunity but not good enough to work for and support in his run for office, you offend me!


so now many women are going to call in sick next Wednesday to protest him!!! the demented minds of the liberal!!!


Can we now clamp down on the H-1B visa fraud? or does that send an anti-immigrant message too.


FredSanford, I’m going to have to disagree with you.  It’s like the old joke where someone asked the farmer why he went to Harvard if all he did was drive a tractor?  “So I have something to think about”

We need a well-rounded education to make better .choices as citizens.  If people put more time in on books and less on reality TV, we’d probably avoid having a fake president like we do today


Ditch the English Lit. teachers, they are a waste. We need more STEM teachers to compete in the 21st century. Nobody pays you for your knowledge of Shakespeare and the people who run those servers in all the Loudoun County data centers could care less about Homer and the Odyssey.


Robert Q Smith, you want to know why?  Because we have so many lousy STEM teachers in K-12.  Note that most teachers are women so you can’t say it’s male bias trying to promote boys into STEM.  It’s simply horrible instruction by teachers, many of whom proudly proclaim “I was awful at math”.

I have worked with young boys and girls on math.  Many of the girls enter not liking math or thinking they are not good at math.  But after you convey some excitement, communicate the concepts not some rote formula, and explain how math applies to their lives, they learn to enjoy it and show tremendous improvement.

The best way to increase the numbers of girls entering STEM professions is by hiring capable K-12 math teachers and evaluating them objectively.  Right now, there are NO (none, nada, zilch) objective evaluations of teachers in LCPS.  That needs to change.  The only way to solve that is to vote out the Loudoun County school board.


There is a lot that goes into hiring a person for a job, gender should not be a qualification even when it is backed by our Congresscritter and President!


Yes, Kudos - but think, why are such Acts even necessary in the first place, if not the existence of inequality between boys/girls, men/women? These acts are spotlights on voids that apparently existed, and needed FEDERAL legislation to foster.  Has anyone ever seen a Federal Act aimed at boys or men, to foster and promote their involvement in X, Y or Z?  So again, yes this is good, progressive, and supportable….but why was it necessary in the first place?


Wait, I thought Trump hated women and wanted to chain them all to a stove or something.

Must be some kind of trick.


Nice work both Trump and Comstock—need to give credit when it is due…


where are all the feminists in their pink hats to celebrate this republican support of Women?

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