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H.R. 255, Promoting Women in Entrepreneurship Act

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On Tuesday, January 10, 2017, the House will consider H.R. 255, the Promoting Women in Entrepreneurship Act, under suspension of the rules. H.R. 255 was introduced on January 4, 2017, by Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-CT) and was referred to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.


H.R. 255 authorizes the National Science Foundation (NSF) to encourage its existing entrepreneurial programs to recruit and support women to extend their focus beyond the laboratory and into the commercial world.


Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) jobs are generally believed to be crucial to America’s innovative capacity and global competitiveness. Yet women are vastly underrepresented in STEM, holding less than 25 percent of the nation’s STEM jobs, despite making up nearly half of the U.S. workforce and half of the college-educated workforce.[1]

In the 114th Congress, the House passed similar legislation (H.R. 4742) by a vote of 383-4.


The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates enacting H.R. 255 would not affect direct spending or revenues.

Staff Contact

For questions or further information please contact Jake Vreeburg with the House Republican Policy Committee by email or at 2-1374.


[1] See Department of Commerce Report, Women in STEM: A Gender Gap to Innovation

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