Statement from Brenda Darden Wilkerson on Congressional Action on Competitiveness Legislation

Statement from Brenda Darden Wilkerson, President and CEO, AnitaB.org, on Congressional Action on Competitiveness Legislation

I applaud the United States Senate and its work on the bipartisan United States Innovation and Competition Act (S 1260) and its recent passage. I’m also pleased the House is passing its National Science Foundation for the Future Act (HR 2225) today. These bills will enhance America’s scientific, technological, and industrial competitiveness through investments in research and development, STEM education, advanced manufacturing, cybersecurity, supply chains, and semiconductor development. The Senate bill also includes several initiatives endorsed by AnitaB.org, such as the Combating Sexual Harassment in Science Act, the STEM Opportunities Act, and elements of the Rural STEM Education Act. There is also an exciting new proposal to expand access to K-12 computer science in the bill, and provisions to improve the education of the skilled technical workforce by supporting partnerships between industry and community colleges, curriculum development, apprenticeships, professional development for faculty, the development of career pathways, and research on effective STEM distance learning. There is much in the historic proposal that is exciting for AnitaB.org and women technologists, and we look forward to working with the Republicans and Democrats in the House and Senate as the bill winds its way through the legislative process.

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We at AnitaB.org, are disheartened and dismayed by the United States Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, a landmark ruling that enabled the right of an abortion to people around the nation. AnitaB.org brings together allies and champions across every sector to advance intersectional gender equity in technology. The technologists we support are also people impacted by targeted oppressive and unjust laws including laws that restrict reproductive rights. Not only do we empower technologists through our year-long programming but, we also advocate for better systemic solutions for the workforce and for their humanity. 

In response to the Supreme Court ruling, we are joining to elevate the calls to action of our social justice colleagues and community partners. 

If you feel called to do something today or in the next coming days, here are some action steps:  

  • Support and donate to Repro Legal Defense Fund, which is a national organization that covers bail and funds strong defense for people who are investigated, arrested, or prosecuted for abortion. Because no one should be behind bars for ending their pregnancy or helping someone else do so.
  • Support and donate to Plan C, an educational resource for learning about how people in the US access abortion pills.
  • Support and donate to your local Planned Parenthood, independent abortion clinics, and abortion funds.
    Go to the streets and join a protest near you. Most protests are happening today at 5 PM at the federal courthouses or state capitols

AnitaB.org is also launching a political advocacy series, Power to the People, with our first event on July 20th. The first event of this series, Power to People: Abortion Rights and Digital Privacy, will elevate the voices of abortion advocates and the risks emerging with digital rights and privacy. This event will empower you to take additional action regarding abortion rights and data privacy. Stay tuned for more information about this upcoming event.