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Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher Supports Passage of Bill Combating Sexual Harassment in STEM

(Washington, DC) – Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07) applauds the passage of H.R. 36, the Combating Sexual Harassment in Science Act of 2019, which addresses sexual harassment in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields by supporting sexual harassment research and efforts to prevent and respond to sexual harassment. Fletcher is a co-sponsor of H.R. 36, which passed the House of Representatives on July 23, 2019.

Congresswoman Fletcher’s amendment, which directs the Office of Science and Technology Policy to consider policy guidelines for all federal science agencies that encourages the implementation of mechanisms to help victims reenter the workforce after being the target of harassment, passed with the bill.

“Young women and girls from across Texas’ Seventh Congressional District have shared with me their dreams of becoming scientists, engineers, and astronauts. Yet too many women in those fields have told us sexual harassment and discrimination are real barriers,” said Congresswoman Fletcher. “I’m glad to see the House pass this bill to provide support and resources for women to address these critical issues.”

Congresswoman Fletcher has worked to improve the safety, respect, and opportunity for women both in and out of the work force. Fletcher is an original cosponsor of H.R. 1585, Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act; H.R. 2528, STEM Opportunities Act; and H.R. 7, Paycheck Fairness Act.