According to a press release SWE HQ received from Washington last week: [The] Women and Minorities in STEM Booster Act, is legislation that would provide support to increase the number of women and minorities entering science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.
The legislation put in place was great timing for Women's History Month, the press release continues: "As we honor female pioneers during Women's History Month, this legislation would support proven programs that increase interest and mentor women and minorities interested in STEM fields, and pave the way for the next generation of women innovators."
Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) and Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) are leading the introduction of the Act. "The Women and Minorities in STEM Booster Act would authorize the National Science Foundation to award competitive grants for outreach, mentoring, and professional development programs that support recruitment and retention of women and minorities in STEM fields. The legislation also authorizes funding for STEM education outreach programs at the elementary and secondary school level, and includes an emphasis on funding for mentoring programs, as well as programs to increase the recruitment and retention of women and minority university faculty." Source: official press release from Washington to SWE HQ.