WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) introduced a bipartisan resolution formally designating November 8, 2023 as “National Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Day”. The senators’ resolution highlights and celebrates the importance of STEM Education in the United States and emphasizes the need to bolster and diversify the STEM workforce. Today also marks the two-year anniversary of Senators Capito and Rosen launching the Senate’s first Women in STEM Caucus, a bipartisan group that works to advance women’s participation in STEM education and careers.
“STEM fields are where the in-demand jobs are right now, and it’s where they will be in the future. These are jobs in industries that are critical to our economy, will help our states and country as a whole grow,” Senator Capito said. “I am proud to help introduce this resolution designating Nov. 8 as National STEM Day to celebrate this growing field and inspire the next generation to get excited and involved in this field.”
“As a former computer programmer, I know firsthand how important STEM education is for the jobs of the future,” Senator Rosen said. “This bipartisan resolution recognizes November 8th as National STEM Day to celebrate STEM education and encourage more students to pursue careers in these fields.”
This bipartisan resolution has been endorsed by STEM Education Coalition, Society of Women Engineers, the Afterschool Alliance, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Center for Excellence in Education, the Association for Women in Science, Code.org, and The American Mathematical Society. In addition to Senators Capito and Rosen, it is co-sponsored by Senator Tina Smith (D-Min.).
Since joining the Senate, Senator Capito has strongly advocated for more female involvement in STEM fields through legislative efforts. Additionally, as West Virginia’s first female U.S. Senator, Senator Capito launched a female empowerment program known as, West Virginia Girls Rise Up, which inspires the next generation of female leaders through education, physical fitness, and self-confidence. Since launching, Senator Capito has hosted several STEM-focused Girls Rise Up events with NASA Astronaut Peggy Whitson, IBM, and NASA Astronaut Loral O’Hara.
Additionally, Senators Capito led efforts to introduce the Building Blocks of STEM Act, which was signed into law in 2019. Specifically, this law:
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