President Trump Signs Bills To Urge Women Into STEMBy Audri Taylors, UniversityHerald Reporter
President Donald Trump just signed two laws last Tuesday giving NASA and the National Science Foundation to promote women and girls into STEM fields, which are science, technology, engineering and math. These laws are called The Inspire Act and Promoting Women in Entrepreneurship Act.
The first law which is the INSPIRE Act requires NASA to promote STEM related fields to women and girls who are in grades K-12, with the hopes that they pursue careers in aerospace, CNET reported. This law allows three months for NASA to be able to present two congressional committees together with their plans of getting staff, to the girls who are studying STEM in both elementary and secondary schools.
The acronym INSPIRE stands for Inspiring the Next Space Pioneers, Innovators, Researchers and Explorers Women Act.
Tom Von Lehmden who works for DSM Dyneema said that he and his company agree with the law, according to WNCT9. He said that it is an excellent venue for students' exposure because if they are exposed to these things especially during their formative years, which is in the middle school, chances are they will be more likely to stay involved.
The second law, which is the Promoting Women in Entrepreneurship Act gives the National Science Foundation the authority to support entrepreneurial programs which are intended for women.
Women make up only 46 percent of the workforce and only 25 percent of them are in the STEM related fields, and Trump says it is not fair.
During Trump's signature on these two bills, he was surrounded by women including Rep. Barbara Comstock - the one who introduced the INSPIRE Act, Senator Heidi Heitkamp, his daughter Ivanka Trump, and First Lady Melania Trump. Texas Rep. Lamar Smith was also there, as well as Vice President Mike Pence.