The White House just gave women in STEM a boost. President Donald Trump signed two laws on Tuesday (February 28) that authorize NASA and the U.S. National Science Foundation to encourage women and girls to get into STEM fields.
The INSPIRE Act directs NASA to promote STEM fields to women and girls, and encourage women to pursue careers in aerospace. The law gives NASA three months to present two Congressional committees with its plans for getting staff — think astronauts, scientists and engineers — in front of K-12 girls studying STEM.
The second law is the Promoting Women in Entrepreneurship Act. It authorizes the National Science Foundation to support entrepreneurial programs aimed at women.
In the Oval Office, Trump expressed the need to have more policies addressing women in the workforce. "It's not fair and it's not even smart," Trump said of the low percentage of women with STEM degrees who actually work in the field.
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