GIRLS STEM Act
HR 5136 : To amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to provide grants to eligible local educational agencies to encourage female students to pursue studies and careers in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology.
STATUSThis bill is from the 115th Congress.
Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. March 1, 2018
Representative Jerry McNerney (D-CA) introduced the Getting Involved in Researching, Learning, and Studying of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (GIRLS STEM) Act – H.R. 5136, encouraging more female students to pursue educational opportunities and careers in STEM fields. The bill would amend Title IV of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to provide grants to local educational agencies and schools to support initiatives that increase female participation in STEM activities and prepare more women to pursue industry-recognized credentials and college degrees in STEM fields. Specifically, the grant program would target the development of partnerships and other opportunities that expose female students to role models, events, afterschool activities, and other academic programs and would also support academic and career counseling services in secondary schools to encourage female students to take courses and plan an academic pathway that leads to a career in STEM fields. “What better way to commemorate the lives of influential American women, such as Barbara McClintock and Diane Fossey, than putting forth legislation to give other young women and girls the chance to explore the endless opportunities within STEM fields,” said Congressman McNerney. “Women make up almost half of the American workforce, but only 24 percent of jobs in STEM fields. It’s simple math. When women succeed, we all succeed.”