Marc Veasey Intros Bill to Help Girls of Color Pursue STEM Careers
There are still massive disparities when it comes to women of color working in STEM fields. Congressman Marc Veasey (D-TX) has introduced a bill hoping to change this. The legislation, if passed, would direct NASA and the National Science Foundation to provide funding for minority women and girls to pursue careers in STEM. The bill would also create a scholars program for women of color to pursue degrees in STEM fields. The number of Latinx physicians has declined by 22% since 1980, despite Latinxs being one of the largest growing populations in the U.S. Meanwhile, Black women make up only 2% of doctors in the U.S., equating to less than 7% of African Americans who received medical degrees in the U.S. in 2015. To provide STEM programs for minority girls across the country, communities would need resources and funding. Veasey’s bill creates public/private partnerships that focus on growth opportunities. Should the Democrats take back the House, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), Ranking Member of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, is in line to be the first African American Chairwoman of the Committee. Veasey is the Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on Energy in the Science, Space, and Technology Committee. More here.