House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers released the following statement after the House passed the Inspiring the Next Space Pioneers, Innovators, Researchers, and Explorers (INSPIRE) Women Act (H.R. 321). Introduced by Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA), the bill encourages women to pursue careers in STEM fields and that will further advance America’s space exploration efforts.
“As I visit schools across the country, I am encouraged to see more girls deciding at an early age to pursue STEM careers. These skills are the backbone of our 21st century workforce. Yet studies show women are falling behind their male counterparts in attaining these in-demand skills. As a society, we need to encourage more women to pursue careers in STEM fields, who can bring their creativity, expertise, and problem-solving skills to the table. I’m proud to support this effort, and am grateful for Rep. Comstock’s leadership on this legislation.”