It is important to encourage women to participate in STEM fields. To say that a determined individual will make it no matter what is to ignore the reality of the situation. I speak from personal experience as a women in a STEM field who has consistently faced obstacles that are not mirrored in a male's experience. Some of the greatest minds are discouraged from participating in science because they are women, and for the sake of progress this must be combatted. Some individuals have expressed concern about the cost, but this simply expands the mission statement of the NSF to emphasize encouraging women to participate. By my understanding their budget allotment from the government is unaffected by this vote.