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house Bill H.R. 321

Does NASA Need to Encourage Women to Pursue Careers in Aerospace or Other STEM Fields?

Argument in favor

As America’s foremost aerospace agency, encouragement from NASA could have a worthwhile impact on women who are considering pursuing careers in aerospace or STEM fields.

Denis's Opinion
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01/09/2017
People voting nay might want to look into the institutional and structural barriers involved with women in high paying jobs. The glass ceiling effect, in other words. So yes women should be encouraged and integrated into this program.
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Halie's Opinion
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01/10/2017
As a woman in STEM, I can tell you I have to fight against sexism (implicit and explicit) every day. Creating on-ramps for women and other underrepresented minorities is incredibly important to fostering great science in the USA.
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Megan's Opinion
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01/08/2017
STEM is the future and we need more women in those fields!
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Argument opposed

NASA shouldn’t bother using existing education-based initiatives to encourage women to pursue careers in aerospace or other STEM fields.

Elizabeth's Opinion
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01/09/2017
Stop dividing the people by gender, race, religion or anything else. Support all. Or none.
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Barbara's Opinion
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01/10/2017
Give women more credit on knowing what they want to do.
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Loraki's Opinion
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01/15/2017
I like what Countable member Jerry said: "I have worked in the aerospace industry for over thirty years. Both in the electrical and mechanical fields. The so-called glass ceiling may have been there thirty years ago but the last twenty years that has not been the case. I agree that there may not be a lot of women but is that because they are discriminated against? In my experience that is not the case. Working at major aerospace companies they go out of their way to find the best talent available. Does that include women, of course. Does it include men, of course. But do the numbers reflect sexism? In some cases, maybe. But in my experience the companies look for the best of the best. Male or female. I personally would love to see more women in the business, but it is getting better. I don't think we should increase the numbers of a certain group just because there seems to be a minimum number. In aerospace we want candidates that meet or exceed our requirements, not gender, or race, or religion, or social background. They have to stand on their own merits. I would hope we do not just look at on requirement, gender to fill a position. Should we encourage one group over another? No. We should encourage all. If that it is what you want then go for it. This is just my opinion working in the aerospace business."
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    People voting nay might want to look into the institutional and structural barriers involved with women in high paying jobs. The glass ceiling effect, in other words. So yes women should be encouraged and integrated into this program.
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    Stop dividing the people by gender, race, religion or anything else. Support all. Or none.
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    As a woman in STEM, I can tell you I have to fight against sexism (implicit and explicit) every day. Creating on-ramps for women and other underrepresented minorities is incredibly important to fostering great science in the USA.
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    STEM is the future and we need more women in those fields!
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    Give women more credit on knowing what they want to do.
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    Everyday women are told not to strive for the highest levels of achievement in a variety of fields. If we want to have new and innovative ideas being introduced in sciences we need to increase diversity within the respective projects and programs. This bill would promote more diversity for women to excel which in turn will mean innovation and growth for America.
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    I like what Countable member Jerry said: "I have worked in the aerospace industry for over thirty years. Both in the electrical and mechanical fields. The so-called glass ceiling may have been there thirty years ago but the last twenty years that has not been the case. I agree that there may not be a lot of women but is that because they are discriminated against? In my experience that is not the case. Working at major aerospace companies they go out of their way to find the best talent available. Does that include women, of course. Does it include men, of course. But do the numbers reflect sexism? In some cases, maybe. But in my experience the companies look for the best of the best. Male or female. I personally would love to see more women in the business, but it is getting better. I don't think we should increase the numbers of a certain group just because there seems to be a minimum number. In aerospace we want candidates that meet or exceed our requirements, not gender, or race, or religion, or social background. They have to stand on their own merits. I would hope we do not just look at on requirement, gender to fill a position. Should we encourage one group over another? No. We should encourage all. If that it is what you want then go for it. This is just my opinion working in the aerospace business."
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    As a woman in the sciences, it is critical that women be encouraged and supported to enter and pursue careers in the STEM fields. These fields and those served by STEM fields will benefit from a diversity of ideas only possible when women gain equal footing and participation in there areas.
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    There's a big difference between not discriminating against women in the workplace and actually striving for some kind of equality. Women are just as capable as men in STEM fields, and promoting their equality is paramount.
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    No, just recruit the best candidate despite gender.
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    My sister was yrs in college she got her physicist degree wanting to do research, only to find their was no jobs available. She spent many more yrs becoming a doctor. Point is if the jobs are available those that want to work in those fields will gravitate to them.
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    Gender equality in STEM fields is absolutely critical to the further development of programs.
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    We need more women role models in the sciences!!!
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    As a government department shouldn't NASA already be adhering to equal opportunity? There is no reason whatsoever that we need more "exclusive/inclusive" group bills. We need to stop breaking citizens into boxes.
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    We need to remove any and all obstacles that impact women seeking a career in STEM.
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    Any movement in the direction of more women in STEM fields is to be supported!
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    If they're qualified to work in NASA, then they're qualified. If they aren't qualified, they won't get the job. That is regardless of race, sex, gender, or ethnicity. NASA, an organization that thrives on new ideas, will accept someone that betters their organization. I say nay!
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    Another Bogus House Bill. I'm very confident our intelligent females can grope through the darkness of education and find their personal profession/career in STEM fields. No need for government intervention.
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    51% of the American public are women. Equality should reign, and education to create qualified candidates should be available.
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    Look at Hidden Figures. It's better now but we still aren't benefitting from real diversity. The men tend to form an easy in-group and they'll be more innovative when there is greater diversity in their in group. I've seen it happen.
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