Maloney Works to Increase Opportunities for Women and Minorities in STEM Fields

May 25, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) reintroduced the Women and Minorities in STEM Booster Act to increase opportunities for underrepresented populations in STEM fields as more and more U.S. jobs require a STEM education. Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) is introducing the companion bill in the Senate.

“STEM fields are the future of our economy, offering new job opportunities as we continue to innovate,” said Rep. Maloney. “Today, however, women hold less than a quarter of STEM jobs, and people of color only make up one quarter of this workforce. The STEM Booster Act would shift these trends and help bring more diversity to STEM fields with mentoring, internship, and outreach programs in these underrepresented communities.”

The Women and Minorities in STEM Booster Act works to not only encourage increased participation in STEM fields among women and minorities but also creates opportunities and provides necessary funding to support programming. The bill authorizes $15 million each year for the National Science Foundation to award grants for outreach, mentoring, and professional development programs to encourage STEM participation by underrepresented groups.  Grants would also support the recruitment and retention of women and minority faculty members in STEM fields at colleges and universities.

The Women and Minorities in STEM Booster Act has been endorsed by the American Association of University Women, the American Mathematical Society, the Association for Women in Mathematics, the Association for Women in Science, Girls, Inc., the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Society for Advancement of Chicano/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science, Southeast Asia Resource Action Center, and the Society of Women Engineers.