President Trump has signed into law two pieces of legislation co-authored by 5th District Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty to promote women in science.
The two measures, the Promoting Women in Entrepreneurship Act and the Inspiring the Next Space Pioneers, Innovators, Researchers, and Explorers Women Act passed the House and the Senate by unanimous consent. Esty says the new laws will help women launch careers in science, technology, engineering, and math fields where they are underrepresented and will encourage women to start their own STEM-focused small businesses.
Esty says no matter how contentious political disagreements may get, Congress must never stop working toward common solutions that will improve people’s lives.
The Promoting Women in Entrepreneurship Act improves federal support for women entrepreneurs in the STEM fields. It expands the mission of the National Science Foundation to include supporting entrepreneurial programs for women that extend their focus beyond the laboratory and into the commercial world.
The INSPIRE Women Act calls on NASA to encourage girls and young women to pursue careers in aerospace. It directs NASA to encourage women to enter the STEM fields through three existing programs: NASA Girls, Aspire to Inspire, and the Summer Institute in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Research.