Lowey Promotes Girls’ STEM Education at Regeneron’s 2nd Annual Day of Service
TARRYTOWN, NY – Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY17/Rockland-Westchester) today attended Regeneron’s second annual “Day for Doing Good,” a global, company-wide day of service. Lowey visited Regeneron’s headquarters in Tarrytown where she met with middle school girls from underserved school districts after they participated in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) activities related to women pioneers in science and math, and delivered brief remarks on the importance of increasing access to STEM education for women and girls.
“In 2015, women filled 47 percent of all US jobs, but held only 24 percent of STEM jobs,” said Lowey. “The deficit of women in STEM is not just a women’s issue, it’s an economic issue that could be detrimental to our country’s ability to compete on a global scale. As the Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee, I’m working to address this issue and support young women who dream of being great scientists, mathematicians, and engineers in our district and across the country.”
Lowey continued: “Young women are the future of science, technology, engineering, and math. You are the next technological innovators and scientists. I look forward to seeing your contributions and reading about your successes for years to come.”
Lowey added: “I am proud of the work more than 1,700 Regeneron colleagues will do today in more than 60 community service projects. By teaching students about STEM and business, packing meals for more than 30,000 hungry people, and providing companionship to 500 area seniors and youth, your generous work will improve our community and make real difference in the lives of others.”
As the highest-ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, Lowey secured historic investments to support STEM in the FY19 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS) spending bill enacted last month, including computer science education, $130 million in STEM resources for teachers, and $60 million for a new STEM and Computer Science competition.