Amended in Assembly March 31, 2016

California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly Concurrent ResolutionNo. 133

Introduced by Assembly Member Chang

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(Coauthors: Assembly Members Achadjian, Alejo, Travis Allen, Baker, Bloom, Bonilla, Brough, Burke, Chau, Chávez, Chiu, Chu, Cooley, Cooper, Dababneh, Dahle, Daly, Dodd, Eggman, Frazier, Beth Gaines, Gallagher, Cristina Garcia, Eduardo Garcia, Gatto, Gipson, Gomez, Gonzalez, Gordon, Gray, Hadley, Holden, Irwin, Jones, Jones-Sawyer, Kim, Lackey, Levine, Linder, Lopez, Low, Maienschein, Mathis, Mayes, McCarty, Medina, Mullin, Nazarian, Obernolte, O’Donnell, Olsen, Patterson, Quirk, Rendon, Ridley-Thomas, Rodriguez, Salas, Mark Stone, Thurmond, Ting, Wagner, Waldron, Weber, Wilk, Williams, and Wood)

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February 3, 2016

Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 133—Relative to Women and Girls in STEM Week.


ACR 133, as amended, Chang. Women and Girls in STEM Week.

This measure would designate April 3, 2016, to April 9, 2016, inclusive, as Women and Girls in STEM Week and would encourage all citizens and community organizations to support the observance of California Women and Girls in STEM Week by encouraging and celebrating women in the STEM fields.

Fiscal committee: no.

P2    1WHEREAS, Science, Technology, Engineering, and
2Mathematics (STEM) are critical fields for the success of
3California’s economy; and

4WHEREAS, Many of the fastest growing occupations in the
5United States require some form of expertise in the areas of STEM;

7WHEREAS, STEM careers represent some of the highest-paying
8positions in any field, thereby providing desirable career
9opportunities and real pathways out of poverty; and

10WHEREAS, Preparing students for the STEM workforce is
11essential to fulfill the demands of our 21st century,
12innovation-focused economy; and

13WHEREAS, A significant gender gap exists in the participation
14of STEM disciplines and workforce; and

15WHEREAS, Women earn nearly 60 percent of bachelor’s
16degrees, but are underrepresented in STEM-related college degrees,
17especially in the computer sciences and engineering fields; and

18WHEREAS, According to the Census Bureau, while women
19make up nearly one-half of the working population, they only
20represent 26 percent of the STEM workforce; and

21WHEREAS, Women represented 34 percent of computer
22occupations in 1990, but that number declined to 27 percent by
232011; and

24WHEREAS, Women in STEM professions earn one-third more
25than women in non-STEM-related occupations; and

26WHEREAS, In California the gender disparities among STEM
27fields are similar if not more pronounced. Only 15 percent of
28engineering graduates in California are women and only 15 percent
29of engineers in the workforce are women; and

30WHEREAS, Despite underrepresentation in the STEM fields,
31there are many California female leaders who represent the STEM
32community and serve as role models for young girls preparing for
33STEM careers; and

34WHEREAS, Today’s women leaders in STEM stand on the
35shoulders of innovators that came before them, such as Grace
36Murray Hopper, a pioneer in her field who is credited for inventing
37the first computer language compiler; now, therefore, be it

38Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate
39thereof concurring,
That the Legislature encourages all citizens
40and community organizations to support the observance of
P3    1California Women and Girls in STEM Week by encouraging and
2celebrating women in the STEM fields; and be it further

3Resolved, That the Legislature declares April 3, 2016, to April
49, 2016, inclusive, as Women and Girls in STEM Week; and be
5it further

6Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies
7of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.