New Maloney bill would draw more women and minorities to STEM fields

Jun 11, 2014
Press Release

Bill is part of Democrats' 2014 Make it in America Agenda

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) today introduced new legislation to establish a competitive grant program administered by the National Science Foundation that would encourage more women and minorities to enter the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

The Women and Minorities in STEM Booster Act of 2014 (H.R. 4833) would award grants to academic and non-profit organizations for the administration of online workshops, mentoring programs, internships, outreach programs and other activities that encourage STEM in underrepresented communities.  The bill approves $10 million per year for three years for the program.

“To remain competitive in the global economy and create jobs here at home the U.S. needs more people educated and trained for STEM jobs, but right now women and minorities are being left behind and that needs to change,” said Maloney. “Women today make up half of the current workforce, yet they still hold less than a quarter of all STEM jobs. Minority populations including African-American, Hispanic, and Asian populations make up only a quarter of the STEM workforce. This bill will help bring more women and minorities into STEM education to diversify our country’s potential in the manufacturing sector, a vital industry that will allow for America to remain competitive in the global economy.”

House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer has added the bill to the Democrats Make it in America Agenda, which aims to improve conditions for American businesses to manufacture their products, innovate, and create jobs in the U.S.

“Rep. Carolyn Maloney has been a strong leader for a robust manufacturing sector in our country, and I have been proud to work with her to advance the goals of the Make It In America plan for jobs and competitiveness,” said Hoyer.  “Her legislation to boost the number of women and members of minority groups pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, and math is an important part of Democrats’ efforts to promote access to education and well-paying jobs for more Americans. I look forward to continuing to work with Carolyn to help more families in New York and around the nation access the opportunities that help secure a place in a strong and growing middle class.” 

Maloney’s bill is the House companion to S. 288, which was introduced by Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and Senator Mark Pryor (D-AR) in February 2013. The bill is supported by American Association of University Women, STEMconnector®, National Association of Women Business Owners, U.S. Black Chambers, Inc.