Bonilla’s Bill to Keep Women in STEM Passes Committee on Higher Education

April 22, 2014 · 18 comments

Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla’s bill to help keep women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics has passed the Assembly Committee on Higher Education.

The following information is from the Office of Assemblywoman Bonilla:

Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla continues to address gender inequities with her measure AB 2350, which was approved today by the Assembly Higher Education Committee. AB 2350 seeks to increase the number of women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields by raising awareness that pregnancy discrimination is included in the federal Title IX standards and by requiring universities to adopt policies to implement Title IX.

“With the increased demand for jobs within the STEM fields, it is critical that women are not choosing to exit the STEM pipeline because of discrimination they experienced in graduate school programs,” said Assemblywoman Bonilla (D-Concord). “While Title IX standards may require gender equity in all federally funded educational programs, the reality is, the standards are not being met.”

One of the leading reasons why women exit STEM fields is because most colleges and universities do not provide maternity leave or reasonable and necessary accommodations during pregnancy. For instance, if a student must take a leave of absence due to pregnancy, often times their spot in the program is not guaranteed and they do not receive extensions on assignments or on the time in which they have to complete their degree. AB 2350 addresses these concerns and creates clear steps for universities to adhere to the standards set by Title IX.

“There are too many talented and intelligent women leaving academia due to pregnancy discrimination,” said Assemblywoman Bonilla. “Far too often when we think of Title IX, we associate it with equality in athletics. It is time we not only recognize Title IX in higher education, but that we reinforce the requirements to allow for the advancement of women in STEM.”

1 The Realist April 22, 2014 at 11:38 PM

ugh, so more legalized discrimination against men or women, erm the birth parent’s spouse?
So if her partner decides to be a stay at home dad/mom/etc. and put their education on hold, do they get the same protections?
Seems the queen bastion of genius left wing thinking hasn’t thought this through very well.

2 Anonymous April 23, 2014 at 7:46 AM

Yo Susan , men are constituents too.

3 Bob the Repairman April 23, 2014 at 8:22 AM

Must be election time again.

4 anon April 23, 2014 at 8:28 AM

Everybody has to make choices. I mean everybody.

5 PO'd April 23, 2014 at 8:37 AM

Pregnancy Discrimination huh? Maybe Susan can follow the lead from Northwestern University and form a woman student union that pays benefits
during the pregnancy, and provides for a withdrawal without penalty.
Susan- what about other fields of study? Surely this discrimination must be in other disciplines also.Probably the reason most women stay away from the “STEM” majors is that they aren’t interested.It’s got nothing to do with discrimination.
There is no end to the insanity that is California politics.

6 Connie Dobbs April 23, 2014 at 8:42 AM

Don’t get knocked up in grad school, especially if your course of study changes as quickly as the STEM fields. It makes people doubt your level of commitment. They may well free up your spot for someone with more self-discipline.

7 Standard? April 23, 2014 at 9:22 AM

The problem is the standard. There is no equity between men and women. That is not possible. Women have babies when they get pregnant and men don’t, so to strive for equity is nonsense.

Getting pregnant is a choice. Don’t get pregnant and you don’t have this problem.

Not to mention the fact that full-time working mothers doesn’t work nearly as well as full-time moms at home. So why would we promote two parents working when we should be making efforts to help families keep mom at home for the children instead of creating this society where mom and dad have to work and we end up with the mess that we are in now.

“You can’t have your cake and eat it too.”

8 Rob April 23, 2014 at 9:28 AM

Jesus people if you hate it so much move to Texas where women are telling other women to not worry about wages or jobs and just get married.

9 Next week Suzi will introduce a bill April 23, 2014 at 10:15 AM

that supports women blinking. There is a serious lack of women blinking properly so the state will step in and introduce training, self help and support groups to encourage women to blink and blink the proper way. Compensation funds will also soon be available for women who have not blinked properly in the past and now cannot blink properly due to the lack of state funding and training.

10 @9 April 23, 2014 at 11:09 AM

You left out MINORITY women. “Diversity” and “Race Awareness” is important, don’t you know. (Even though that is racism defined) Add this all up and we will finally have “Social Justice”

If we could just make everyone equal and the same, “injustice” would be a thing of the past. We just need more “common sense” legislation. That’s the new American Dream right ?… Utopia.

11 funny man April 23, 2014 at 11:49 AM

equality… you keep using that word, susan
but i dont think it means what you think it means

12 typical concord resident April 23, 2014 at 12:03 PM

LOL typical liberal thinking that women want to be in STEM fields… they’re just not cut out for math!!!! They’re better at raising kids, let them stay home where they belong and want to be you stupid LIBERALS!!!!

13 Barbosa April 23, 2014 at 1:23 PM

Considering how many guys I know who can’t cook for themselves, or keep their living space in proper order, or hem their pants, or keep track of their kid’s school and activity schedule, I think a bigger problem is that not enough guys are adequately trained in the art of home economics.

14 ANON April 23, 2014 at 3:42 PM

“Considering how many guys I know who can’t cook for themselves, or keep their living space in proper order, or hem their pants, or keep track of their kid’s school and activity schedule, I think a bigger problem is that not enough guys are adequately trained in the art of home economics.”

We work hard & pay people to do this type of work for us (notice I didn’t say woman’s work)

15 Elwood April 23, 2014 at 4:03 PM

I was getting worried about Bonilla.

Hadn’t heard anything asinine from her for a couple of weeks.

16 Atticus Thraxx April 23, 2014 at 7:46 PM

Our legislature should meet once every two years max. This endless stream of legislation cannot be healthy for us. Like a Boa Constrictor slowly and inexorably suffocating it’s victim.

17 Anon April 23, 2014 at 7:53 PM

Title IX is such a crock of #$%^. I hear that a very prominent female investor who ran her own fund dropped out recently. While it was due to the failure and subsequent illegal actions by MF Global in stealing their investors funds, she was also quoted as saying that part of the problem is all of the unqualified women who are too afraid to take on the big investment firms. Thanks Title IX, not only did you kill sports in high school now you are letting criminals who run our investments get away with it. Good job!

18 Anon April 23, 2014 at 7:54 PM

Sorry, unqualified women who part of Title IX got hired at the SEC.

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