As Chairwoman of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology’s Subcommittee on Research and Technology, Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA) is passionate about ensuring women are represented at the table when it comes to careers involving science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
Currently, women fill close to half of all jobs in the U.S. economy, but hold less than 25 percent of all STEM jobs. To combat this statistic, Comstock championed legislation that gives women the opportunity to be competitive in the 21st century economy — especially in relation to STEM fields.
“Women with STEM based jobs typically earn 33 percent more than comparable women in non-STEM jobs,” says Comstock in her latest op-ed published on SheKnows.com. “For the United States to continue to be on the forefront of technological innovation, women must be involved in STEM fields and careers so that America can compete in the 21st century economy.”