AWIS Advocates for Women in STEM and Calls for Funding, Equity and Workplace Protections Against Sexual Harassment and Discrimination

Mar 20, 2019Action Alert, Press Release

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Maria Ibañez
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AWIS Advocates for Women in STEM and Calls for Funding, Equity and Workplace Protections Against Sexual Harassment and Discrimination

WASHINGTON DC, March 20, 2019 – Today, members from the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) will meet with Congressional offices to share information about the organization’s advocacy work, urge bipartisan support for H.R. 36 Combating Sexual Harassment in Science Act of 2019, and address the proposed FY2020 budget cuts to the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency and NASA.

AWIS members will meet with the office of Senator Chris Coons (D-DE), Senator James M. Inhofe (R-OK), Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) and others, including the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology and Congressional Hispanic Caucus. AWIS members joining today’s advocacy efforts represent the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Texas and West Virginia.

“Women in all disciplines of STEM contribute to the long-term growth of the U.S. economy and strengthen our technology leadership around the world. We are at a critical time where exercising our civil rights to support women in the workplace is necessary. Our advocacy efforts to engage with elected officials is a key lever to extend our voice and call for funding in research and education, sexual harassment protections in the workplace and removing inequities and barriers in all STEM disciplines and employment sectors,” said AWIS CEO Sandra W. Robert, CAE.

AWIS’ recent advocacy efforts include the endorsement of the bipartisan S.3321, the 2018 Hidden Figures Congressional Gold Medal Act, as well as H.R.36, the Combating Sexual Harassment in Sciences Act of 2019. AWIS continues to urge the U.S. Department of Education to uphold Title IX regulations to ensure protections against sexual harassment and assault on college campuses and universities are without discrimination. In addition, AWIS is calling on the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to ensure adequate funding to support the scientific community.

AWIS also advocates for equitable representation of women and people of color in federal research and programs by endorsing H.R. 1358/S.338 Scientific Integrity Act that requires federal scientific agencies to openly communicate their data to the public, policymakers and other federal agencies. AWIS further supports H.R. 3397 Building Blocks of STEM Act of 2017 that supports STEM education and takes steps to address gender disparity of women in STEM by directing the NSF to fund programs that address this need.

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About AWIS: Founded in 1971, AWIS has been the leading advocate for women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to achieve business growth, social change, and innovation. We are dedicated to driving excellence in STEM by achieving equity and full participation of women in all disciplines and across all employment sectors. In addition to scholarships, AWIS provides career resources, professional development, as well as networking, mentoring, and volunteer opportunities to build leadership skills. To learn more, visit www.awis.org and @AWISNational.

 

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