Congress

Government Measures that Could Support Women in Tech Impacted by COVID-19 Pandemic

05/12/20 Update: Congress continues to push greatly-needed relief measures forward with the passage of its fourth spending package. The latest bill to be signed by the President included $380 billion total in additional funding for small businesses, as well as for hospitals and disease testing. The additional spending for small businesses was considered urgent after the “Paycheck Protection Program,” which was passed in the CARES Act, ran out of funding…

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Congressional Day of Action Addresses Challenges Women and Underrepresented Entrepreneurs Face

On Wednesday, February 12, AnitaB.org partnered with Envolve Entrepreneurship to host a Congressional Day of Action focused on strategies for inclusive entrepreneurship. The event, “Realizing the American Dream & Redefining Inclusive Entrepreneurship,” convened senior policy makers, AnitaB.org PitcHER™ finalists, Envolve Award USA grantees, and stakeholders in the entrepreneurial ecosystem.  The main event of the Day…

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Skills, Jobs, and Opportunity at the 2020 National Skills Summit

In early February, the AnitaB.org team attended the National Skills Summit in Washington, D.C., an annual gathering of federal, state, and local stakeholders concerned about investing in the American workforce. This is the annual event of the National Skills Coalition, which advocates year-round for greater resources for American workers to pursue the skills and workforce…

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Appropriations 101: What are Appropriations and Why Do They Keep Shutting the Government Down?

Let’s start at the top — Congress is constitutionally guaranteed the “power of the purse.” This means that every year, it’s up to Congress to determine how tax dollars get allocated to all of the government’s federal expenditures, from Medicare to public schools, and from maintaining U.S. embassies abroad to dairy farm subsidies. When it…

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Data Collection First Step in Promoting Women in U.S. Patents

Women comprised only 12% of all inventors named on U.S. patents granted in 2016. In 2018, Congress passed the SUCCESS Act, a law that directed the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to conduct a study and provide recommendations to promote the participation of women, minorities, and veterans in the U.S. patent system. In late…

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Acknowledging History: “Hidden Figures” NASA Employees Awarded Congressional Gold Medal

On Friday, November 8, the President signed the Hidden Figures Congressional Gold Medal Act into law. The legislation honors Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Dr. Christine Darden, and all of the women whose outsized contributions at NASA (or for some at the time, NACA) during the Space Race-era went unrecognized for decades.   The legislation bears the…

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