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house Bill H.R. 4742

Does the National Science Foundation Need to Encourage Women Entrepreneurs in STEM Fields?

Argument in favor

The National Science Foundation should support women entrepreneurs through its STEM programs, as women are underrepresented in those fields and STEM businesses can create high paying jobs.

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03/22/2016
In an ideal world, we wouldn't need such measures to help us move towards gender equality. However, if you simply look at the data, we can see that women are staunchly outnumbered in these fields. So for now, these measures of encouragement will help women find opportunities that may be otherwise unavailable to them.
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03/22/2016
Women are actively discouraged from entering STEM fields throughout life. Any action to encourage women who might have an interest, would be greatly beneficial to society as a whole.
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03/22/2016
Yes!!! Women are not culturally encouraged to explore STEM fields in the same way men are. To not encourage women equally would be a great disservice to our scientific development. A woman has an equal chance of developing the cure to cancer and we ought to not draw those lines around sex and gender - no matter how subtle.
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It’s unnecessary to try to encourage entrepreneurship by women in STEM fields. If women want to start businesses in an industry using those skills, they will, so the NSF doesn’t need to actively promote that.

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03/21/2016
Women should be able to choose their place of business and opportunities because of their merits alone, just like men do. That's what equality's about.
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03/22/2016
This is like Affirmative Action. If we are truly equal, then no one needs special privileges.
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Joseph's Opinion
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03/22/2016
Its not up to the NSF to encourage a specific gender to pursue entrepreneurship in STEM fields. Its up to that gender to make the choice of what they want to pursue themselves. Thats what the freedom in America provides, the ability to make a choice based on ones wants and needs, not based on the influence of a government funded foundation.
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
  • The house Passed March 22nd, 2016
    Roll Call Vote 383 Yea / 4 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
    IntroducedMarch 15th, 2016

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What is House Bill H.R. 4742?

This bill would expand the mission of the National Science Foundation (NSF) to include supporting women entrepreneurs in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. 

It also notes that women are underrepresented in those fields even if they attained a STEM degree, and that women with those academic backgrounds are often successful entrepreneurs.

Specifically, this bill would authorize the NSF to “encourage its entrepreneurial programs to recruit and support women to extend their focus beyond the laboratory and into the commercial world.”

Impact

Female entrepreneurs; and the National Science Foundation’s STEM programs.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 4742

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-CT) introduced this bill to increase the role of women in STEM fields by encouraging entrepreneurship in the National Science Foundation’s programs:

“This bill takes a bipartisan approach to tackle a very real challenge that women who are aspiring scientists and innovators face in the United States. he STEM fields play an increasingly important role in the U.S. economy, but women are still underrepresented in most STEM sectors. Making education and skills-training programs more accessible for women and other underrepresented groups is a key part of solving that problem, but it isn’t enough. This bill makes it clear that we can and should do more to support women when it comes to commercializing great ideas, starting small businesses, and creating jobs.”

Currently this bill has the bipartisan support of five cosponsors in the House — including three Democrats and two Republicans.


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AKA

Promoting Women in Entrepreneurship Act

Official Title

To authorize the National Science Foundation to support entrepreneurial programs for women.

    In an ideal world, we wouldn't need such measures to help us move towards gender equality. However, if you simply look at the data, we can see that women are staunchly outnumbered in these fields. So for now, these measures of encouragement will help women find opportunities that may be otherwise unavailable to them.
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    Women should be able to choose their place of business and opportunities because of their merits alone, just like men do. That's what equality's about.
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    This is like Affirmative Action. If we are truly equal, then no one needs special privileges.
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    Women are actively discouraged from entering STEM fields throughout life. Any action to encourage women who might have an interest, would be greatly beneficial to society as a whole.
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    Its not up to the NSF to encourage a specific gender to pursue entrepreneurship in STEM fields. Its up to that gender to make the choice of what they want to pursue themselves. Thats what the freedom in America provides, the ability to make a choice based on ones wants and needs, not based on the influence of a government funded foundation.
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    Yes!!! Women are not culturally encouraged to explore STEM fields in the same way men are. To not encourage women equally would be a great disservice to our scientific development. A woman has an equal chance of developing the cure to cancer and we ought to not draw those lines around sex and gender - no matter how subtle.
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    What does this have to do with governing? This is a showy gesture and a waste of time. Equality isn't about giving anyone a helping hand, it's about recognizing the agency that everyone is born with. If women want more jobs in these fields then the only valid solution is for them to take the jobs in these fields, and I'd welcome them into doing it.
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    I think women are often told STEM fields are for men, and that often discourages them at a very young age. If we can at all encourage more women in STEM fields, it should be done, so we can stop the immense lack of representation currently seen in STEM industries.
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    The best thing is for the Fed Gov to stay out of the lives of private citizens.
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    Let's have equal opportunity, not social engineering.
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    Studies show women have a harder time gaining financial backing for entrepreneurial endeavors, so a bill like this could have a substantive impact on women entrepreneurs getting the important first steps in the important field of STEM.
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    No
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    Employment should be obtained through merit. Underrepresentation of women in STEM fields doesn't take into account their own CHOICE to not those careers as frequently as men do.
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    Women need to understand that they can decide to operate or work in a location such as this, equality isn't about getting one side to have benefits over the other. Equality is understanding that we both earn a place by work, merits.
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    Why does everyone except males have to be encouraged, motivated, patted on the fanny and their nose wiped to work. I am sick of all these minority/female motivation gimmicks. To lift these groups up means holding another group down. If they want it bad enough they will do it. This is reverse discrimination. That is the long and the short of it. Congress is giving special treatment, help and preference to one group while holding those benefit back from the rest of the population. That is discrimination based on gender and it is dividing and harming this country just the same that race discrimination was hurting the country before the '60s.
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    Let them decide for themselves
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    Having women work amongst their male peers is proven to build better work environments, but cultural and systematic barriers help keep women out. Let's lower the barriers.
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    Pure equality is not about aiding anyone in making a decision for themselves; it's about allowing a person the right to determine her/his destiny.
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    If a female wants STEM she will go for it herself. Anything else is a waste of time and resources.
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    If a woman doesn't want to work in STEM, leave her alone and stop pressuring her. A woman who has the passion required to be successful doesn't need government hand-holding to pursue a STEM career.
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