Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) joined the Diversifying Technology Caucus, a new bipartisan coalition dedicated to encouraging more women, minorities and veterans to enter Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) related fields.
“We know that companies with diverse leadership out-perform their peers, yet many companies in the booming technology industry are not reflective of the diversity in our nation,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. “That’s why I’m proud to join my colleagues in this bipartisan effort to make technology-related job opportunities accessible to more. This will help create good-paying jobs while growing our economy and building a stronger middle class.”
A new report from the National Student Clearinghouse finds that the share of STEM bachelor’s degrees going to women ticked down over the past decade. The biggest decline was in computer science, where women received 23 percent of bachelor’s degrees awarded in 2004 and just 18 percent in 2014. Only 3 percent of startups in the U.S. are founded by women, and women hold just 25 percent of jobs in STEM fields.
The Diversifying Technology Caucus was founded this year and, in addition to Bustos, includes Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Tim Scott (R-SC), and Representatives Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Barbara Comstock (R-VA), Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), Robin Kelly (D-IL) and Ruben Gallego (D-AZ).