President Donald Trump faces a full day signing bills, two of which are aimed at promoting women.
The bills plan to support business programs for women and to encourage them to pursue careers in math and science, reports CBS News.
The first bill, the Inspiring the Next Space Pioneers and Innovators and Explorers Act (INSPIRE), directs NASA to encourage women to pursue careers in science, mathematics and engineering.
Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (R-VA) first introduced the bill in March, 2016. The bill also tasks NASA with promoting careers in aerospace with women.
“The INSPIRE Women Act will help create a climate for young girls and women to be successful in STEM and competitive on the world stage, and be great assets to growing the 21st Century economy,” Comstock said of her bill previously.
The second bill, Promoting Women in Entrepreneurship Act, permits the National Science Foundation to “encourage its existing entrepreneurial programs to recruit and support women to extend their focus beyond the laboratory and into the commercial world.”
Trump also plans to pass an executive order aimed at strengthening historically black colleges and universities. Vice President Mike Pence reaffirmed the administration’s support of HBCUs during a meeting Monday. (RELATED:Trump Plans To Strengthen Support For Black Colleges)
“You deserve far more credit than you get, and know that beginning today, this administration is committed to making sure that our historically black colleges and universities get the credit and the attention they deserve,” Pence told those gathered.
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