Women make up nearly 50 percent of the workforce in the US but hold less than 25 percent of “STEM” jobs—jobs in science, technology, engineering or math. The federal government, along with private companies and colleges, has been trying to tackle the gender gap problem for years now, using initiatives and diversity programs designed to promote and support women in STEM, reports Olivia Deng.
“But now, Donald Trump has thrown women-in-STEM advocates for a loop. … [with] proposed significant cuts in funding for science and health agencies, draining resources for researchers. For women in science, who receive less funding than their male counterparts, such cuts could be especially crippling,” says Deng.
The proposed cuts only highlight an even more dire situation faced by women face in the arts, notes Deng, who noted that “while Trump recently signed two bills to encourage women to pursue careers in STEM, …Trump’s budget proposes doing away with the National Endowment for the Arts entirely.”