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house Bill H.R. 4755

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.

Michael's Opinion
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03/22/2016
+As a software engineer I have seen the struggles that women go through in STEM fields. Completing a CS program is more difficult for women as their professors inexplicably give them more criticism. In the software field there is also a lot of "bro" culture which is difficult for women to interact with, it's often times openly misogynistic. The workplace sexism often leads to stagnant careers and even women leaving the field entirely. Anything we can do to be honest and address that problem is positive.
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Laura's Opinion
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03/23/2016
As a female STEM student, I have seen firsthand the male-dominated culture of STEM fields, but of course that is changing with time. Encouraging women to pursue STEM fields isn't about pressuring them to do something they don't want to do. It's about encouraging those women that are interested to not lose faith in themselves. There's an increasing number of studies about how females are more likely to drop out of STEM majors and programs because they feel inadequate, even if they are doing just as well as their male colleagues. Plenty of female STEM professionals will tell you about gender-based challenges they had to overcome. I've faced it myself countless times. All this to say - encouraging women in STEM does matter, and that can be difficult to understand unless you have experienced the challenges firsthand. NASA encouraging girls would be wonderful, and connecting current professionals with young girls is a great way to do that. We started an organization to facilitate that at my university and so many female STEM students have talked about how much it has inspired and encouraged them.
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Mentor's Opinion
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03/22/2016
As an engineer I feel that gender diversity is essential to a truly innovative and prosperous environment.
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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.

BTSundra's Opinion
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03/22/2016
Women should be able to choose their place of business and opportunities because of their merits alone, just like men do. That's what equality's about.
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MerIdaVal's Opinion
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03/23/2016
Quit deciding women are such moronic imbeciles that we can't decide what career pursuits we can choose from. What an insult.
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Ryan's Opinion
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03/23/2016
This is another progressive initiative to divide Americans, and is another tool in the war on women. As if women are not smart enough to choose their own path. This type of program, and others like it are saying women are not smart enough and need to rely on the government to "save" them. Yes, the country could benefit from female scientists, but they have to freely choose it without being pressured into it, or it is meaningless. It is a biological fact, the male mind is more suited to math than women, in general. This is not absolute, there are always exceptions. But male and female brains do not function the same. If they were truly equal, the brain matter would be the same color, but they are not. This is why women and men will never be equal at certain things. This isn't sexist, it's biology 101. But some don't care about biology, some only care about a political agenda. I'm not one of those. It's real simple, competition gets the best person for the job, wether that is a man or woman, and that's that.
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    +As a software engineer I have seen the struggles that women go through in STEM fields. Completing a CS program is more difficult for women as their professors inexplicably give them more criticism. In the software field there is also a lot of "bro" culture which is difficult for women to interact with, it's often times openly misogynistic. The workplace sexism often leads to stagnant careers and even women leaving the field entirely. Anything we can do to be honest and address that problem is positive.
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    Women should be able to choose their place of business and opportunities because of their merits alone, just like men do. That's what equality's about.
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    As a female STEM student, I have seen firsthand the male-dominated culture of STEM fields, but of course that is changing with time. Encouraging women to pursue STEM fields isn't about pressuring them to do something they don't want to do. It's about encouraging those women that are interested to not lose faith in themselves. There's an increasing number of studies about how females are more likely to drop out of STEM majors and programs because they feel inadequate, even if they are doing just as well as their male colleagues. Plenty of female STEM professionals will tell you about gender-based challenges they had to overcome. I've faced it myself countless times. All this to say - encouraging women in STEM does matter, and that can be difficult to understand unless you have experienced the challenges firsthand. NASA encouraging girls would be wonderful, and connecting current professionals with young girls is a great way to do that. We started an organization to facilitate that at my university and so many female STEM students have talked about how much it has inspired and encouraged them.
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    Quit deciding women are such moronic imbeciles that we can't decide what career pursuits we can choose from. What an insult.
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    This is another progressive initiative to divide Americans, and is another tool in the war on women. As if women are not smart enough to choose their own path. This type of program, and others like it are saying women are not smart enough and need to rely on the government to "save" them. Yes, the country could benefit from female scientists, but they have to freely choose it without being pressured into it, or it is meaningless. It is a biological fact, the male mind is more suited to math than women, in general. This is not absolute, there are always exceptions. But male and female brains do not function the same. If they were truly equal, the brain matter would be the same color, but they are not. This is why women and men will never be equal at certain things. This isn't sexist, it's biology 101. But some don't care about biology, some only care about a political agenda. I'm not one of those. It's real simple, competition gets the best person for the job, wether that is a man or woman, and that's that.
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    Women don't need to be panderd to or have their hands held.
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    This should be occurring by NASA without us having to do a vote.
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    As an engineer I feel that gender diversity is essential to a truly innovative and prosperous environment.
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    Women should be allowed to make up their own mind as to what career they want to pursue. I for one don't have a problem with NASA (for example) being dominated by men. I'm not against women in science, not by any means, but I personally think that the most important career a married woman can have is to take care of her husband, her home, and her children! That is as God intended. Our children are our most important asset, and yet too many married couples leave the raising of their children to day care centers or nannies. If you're not a Christian, I suppose that doesn't matter to you, but Christian parents need to make sure that their children are not being taught things that are contrary to the Word of God. That demands a lot of parental guidance and supervision. If we don't teach our children to follow Christ, the world will teach them not to! We can't afford to neglect that aspect of our children's lives, even if it means we can only live on one paycheck! After our children are grown and leave the nest, then that's another matter. But for the stability of the family unit, which is the bedrock of any society, women should not be belittled for choosing a career as a wife and mother! The Bible has this to say: “Who can find a virtuous wife? For her worth is far above rubies. The heart of her husband safely trusts her; So he will have no lack of gain. She does him good and not evil All the days of her life. She seeks wool and flax, And willingly works with her hands. She is like the merchant ships, She brings her food from afar. She also rises while it is yet night, And provides food for her household, And a portion for her maidservants. She considers a field and buys it; From her profits she plants a vineyard. She girds herself with strength, And strengthens her arms. She perceives that her merchandise is good, And her lamp does not go out by night. She stretches out her hands to the distaff, And her hand holds the spindle. She extends her hand to the poor, Yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy. She is not afraid of snow for her household, For all her household is clothed with scarlet. She makes tapestry for herself; Her clothing is fine linen and purple. Her husband is known in the gates, When he sits among the elders of the land. She makes linen garments and sells them, And supplies sashes for the merchants. Strength and honor are her clothing; She shall rejoice in time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, And on her tongue is the law of kindness. She watches over the ways of her household, And does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed; Her husband also, and he praises her: “Many daughters have done well, But you excel them all.” Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands, And let her own works praise her in the gates.” (‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭31:10-31‬ ‭NKJV‬‬)
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    NASA needs to do its job not fuck around. If women want these kind of jobs they will do what is necessary to get them.
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    This male dominated field needs to create more diversity by encouraging women.
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    Just another waste of taxpayer $ and NASA employees' time. People interested in STEM degrees don't need any encouragement, regardless of gender or demographic info.
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    It creates diversity.
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    Is there funding attached? NASA already has programs for increasing women in the STEM workforce but the budget has been shrinking for years.
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    Women (and businesses) don't need the government to regulate the amount of women in a particular field of the workforce. We're fully capable of pursuing those careers if that's what we choose to do.
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    Why not?
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    Young girls need more options than barbies - show young girls how cool science . If someone had introduced awe inspiring stuff like that to me when I was younger, I'd be an astrophysicist in reality and not in my fantasy world
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    Let those that are truly interested go for it, why try to encourage our change kinds of people.
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    My sister is just starting school to go into chemical engineering. This is a daunting career choice for anyone. We need to be supporting innovation - it is what American's are known for. And women are a huge source of untapped ideas.
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    Let people decide their own paths.
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