dglobalnews.com President Trump Signs Executive Orders To Help Women Take Up STEM Careers
Published: Fri, March 03, 2017
Global Media | By Cecelia Webb

President Trump Signs Executive Orders To Help Women Take Up STEM Careers

Earlier today, President Donald Trump signed two bills aimed at encouraging women to enter STEM fields while flanked by sponsors of the bills, as well as Ivanka and Melania Trump.

Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the creation of the United States-Canada Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders on his first White House visit February 13. It essentially tells NASA to "encourage" young women to study STEM fields.

"I believe the INSPIRE Women Act and the Promoting Women in Entrepreneurship Act will help encourage more talented young women to pursue their dreams, and change the world with their ideas".

This likely refers to the results of a United States census back in 2012, which notes that just 25 percent of both men and women with a bachelor's in a STEM subject find work in a STEM field, a problem linked to the lack of funding and career support for science in general.

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"We want American women who graduate from college with STEM degrees to be able to get STEM jobs that can support their families and help these American women to live out the American dream, which they are so qualified to live out", Trump said as he signed the bills February 28. Women graduating in STEM subjects will be aided in taking up STEM careers in the worlds of both academia and industry. The bill authorizes the National Science Foundation to "support entrepreneurial programs for women".

President Trump called current data on the number of women working in computer science and technical fields "unacceptable" in his remarks during the bills' signing.

The Promoting Women in Entrepreneurship Act amends the Science and Engineering Equal Opportunities Act to authorize the NSF to encourage its entrepreneurial programs to recruit and support women to extend their focus beyond the laboratory into the commercial world. About a quarter of the women with STEM degrees work in the field. Elizabeth Etsy (D-Conn.) and Barbara Comstock (R-Va.), respectively.

Both bills were approved unanimously by Congress.

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