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October 17, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Jacky Rosen (NV-03) applauded Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) for introducing the Senate companion of the “Code Like A Girl Act.” Congressman Rosen introduced this bipartisan bill in the House in July, co-led by Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY) and supported by Space, Science and Tech Committee Ranking Member Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX).

“I applaud Senators Cortez Masto and Capito for working across the aisle to introduce a Senate companion of the Code Like A Girl Act, and their support will help build momentum to get this legislation passed,” said Rosen. “Our bipartisan and bicameral legislation will provide girls with better educational opportunities to pursue careers in STEM fields. As a woman who built her career in the male-dominated tech industry, I know that closing the gender gap is critical to ensuring women have a fair shot at success and can fully contribute to our economy that increasingly demands highly-skilled workers.”

BACKGROUND: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2016, women held more than 51 percent of all professional occupations in the United States, but only 26 percent of the computing-related occupations. This disparity can be traced back as early as middle school, where boys are nearly twice as likely as girls to say they plan to learn computer science.

H.R. 3316 creates two National Science Foundation grants to research and fund computer science programs that encourage early childhood education in STEM for girls under the age of 11. This bill is endorsed by Common Sense Kids Action and by the Association for Computing Machinery’s Council on Women in Computing (ACM-W), which supports and advocates for the full engagement of women in all aspects of computer science.

Congresswoman Rosen is a former computer programmer who is dedicated to helping break the gender stereotypes associated with STEM fields. Rosen recently unveiled a new award program through her office aimed at highlighting remarkable Nevada women who are studying or working in STEM fields.

View full text of the House version of the “Code Like A Girl Act” here.