The US President has signed two new laws to let NASA and the National Science Foundation push for women and girls in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).
President Donald Trump signed the INSPIRE Act which directs NASA to promote STEM fields to women and girls, and to encourage women to pursue careers in aerospace. The signing gives NASA the authority to have three months to present two Congressional committees with its plans for recruiting and retaining staff.
The law has been named ‘Inspiring the Next Space Pioneers, Innovators, Researchers, and Explorers (INSPIRE) Women Act’.
Trump also signed a second law today named Promoting Women in Entrepreneurship Act, which authorises the National Science Foundation to support entrepreneurial programmes aimed at females.
Commenting on the two laws Trump was reported as saying: “It’s not fair and it’s not even smart,” when referring to the low percentage of women with STEM degrees who work in STEM fields.
He added: “It’s unacceptable that we have so many American women who have these degrees but yet are not being employed in these fields. So I think that’s going to change. That’s going to change very rapidly.
“Protecting women with STEM degrees, and all Americans with STEM degrees is very important, but it also means you have to crack down on offshoring, because the offshoring is a tremendous problem that displaces many of our best American workers and brains — the brain power.”
The bills were signed by Trump surrounded by the likes of Rep. Barbara Comstock and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, in addition to his daughter Ivanka Trump and First Lady Melania Trump.
Trump also stressed the need for more policies addressing women in the workforce.
“That’s really going to be addressed by my administration over the years with more and more of these bills coming out and address the barriers faced by female entrepreneurs and by those in STEM fields,” he reportedly stated.