One Hundred Fifteenth Congress of the United States of America
At the First Session
Begun and held at the City of Washington on Tuesday, the third day of January, two thousand and seventeen
H. R. 255
To authorize the National Science Foundation to support entrepreneurial programs for women.
This Act may be cited as the
Promoting Women in Entrepreneurship Act.
The Congress finds that—
women make up almost 50 percent of the workforce, but less than 25 percent of the workforce in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professions;
women are less likely to focus on the STEM disciplines in undergraduate and graduate study;
only 26 percent of women who do attain degrees in STEM fields work in STEM jobs;
there is an increasing demand for individuals with STEM degrees to extend their focus beyond the laboratory so they can be leaders in discovery commercialization;
studies have shown that technology and commercialization ventures are successful when women are in top management positions; and
the National Science Foundation’s mission includes supporting women in STEM disciplines.
Supporting women’s entrepreneurial programs
Section 33 of the Science and Engineering Equal Opportunities Act (42 U.S.C. 1885a) is amended—
and at the end of paragraph (10);
by striking the period at the end of paragraph (11) and inserting
; and; and
by adding at the end the following new paragraph:
encourage its entrepreneurial programs to recruit and support women to extend their focus beyond the laboratory and into the commercial world.
Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Vice President of the United States and President of the Senate.