President Trump on Tuesday signed into law the Inspiring the Next Space Pioneers, Innovators, Researchers, and Explorers (INSPIRE) Women Act and the Promoting Women in Entrepreneurship Act.
The laws authorize the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) to encourage women and girls to enter science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.
The INSPIRE Women Act urges NASA to present two congressional committees with plans for placing staff in front of K-12 girls studying STEM subjects.
The Promoting Women in Entrepreneurship Act authorizes NSF to support entrepreneurial programs for women. Women make up about 47% of the U.S. workforce, but the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics found they account for only 25.6% of computer- and math-related jobs, and 15.4% of architecture and engineering jobs.
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