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Esty bill to promote women in aerospace clears House committee

November 16, 2017 GMT

A federal bill designed to encourage more women to pursue careers in aerospace was passed out a House committee on Wednesday.

The bipartisan bill, sponsored by U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, would encourage universities applying for specific scholarship grants to incorporate aerospace programs into their teacher training, according to a release.

“It’s proven that girls who learn these key fields from teachers who are women are more likely to get interested in science,” Esty said in a prepared statement. “One of our common goals is to inspire more people - and particularly more women - to pursue careers in the sciences, and at this moment, we have a long way to go.”

Esty’s Women in Aerospace Education Act passed the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee on Wednesday, the release said.

Esty, a third-term Democrat, represents greater Danbury and Connecticut’s Fifth Congressional District.

“With more women learning science from their peers, we can create more jobs in this key industry for Connecticut and the nation as a whole,” she said.