WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) introduced a bipartisan resolution designating March 24, 2023 as “National Women of Color in Tech Day.” The proposed day of national recognition highlights the numerous important contributions women of color have made to the technology sector in the United States as well as acknowledges the challenges that many women of color have faced, and continue to face in the technology field. The resolution, co-led by Senators Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Roger Wicker (R-MS), and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), also urges the U.S. Senate to work toward eliminating barriers for women of color looking to enter the technology industry.
“Throughout history, women of color have made significant contributions in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math,” said Senator Hirono. “These women have helped make important scientific advances while also serving as role models for young people who aspire to pursue careers in STEM. That is why I have championed bills—such as the STEM Opportunities Act and the Women and Minorities in STEM Booster Act—to promote opportunities for women and people of color in STEM. I am proud to join Senators Rosen and Duckworth in introducing this resolution to designate ‘National Women of Color in Tech Day’ to honor the contributions of women of color in the technology sector and reaffirm our commitment to creating a STEM workforce that reflects the diversity of our country.”
The resolution is endorsed by Npower.org, Girl Scouts of the USA, Girls Who Code, AnitaB.org, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Computer Science Teachers Association, Code.org, Cyber.org, and Micro:bit Educational Foundation.
In addition to Senators Hirono, Rosen, Wicker, and Duckworth, the resolution was cosponsored by Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Amy Klobuchar, (D-MN), Alex Padilla (D-CA), and Martin Heinrich (D-NM).
Senator Hirono is committed to improving opportunities for women and minorities in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). In 2021, she reintroduced two bills—the STEM Opportunities Act and the Women and Minorities in STEM Booster Act—to make key investments to unlock new pathways for women and people of color to pursue STEM education and careers.