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Hilary Clinton Launches Program to Help Muslim Women Earn STEM Degrees



By Catherine Groux
Posted December 14, 2011 07:46 AM

Clinton recently launched a program to allow more foreign women to study STEM subjects in the U.S.
Clinton recently launched a program to allow more foreign women to study STEM subjects in the U.S.
According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, only one-quarter of all science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) jobs in the nation are filled by women, despite the growing number of women who have earned a college degree in the past decade.

While many political and academic leaders are concerned with increasing the number of American women who earn bachelor's and master's degrees in STEM subjects, others are considering the matter on a more global scale. Recently, Secretary of State Hilary Rodham Clinton announced the launch of the NeXXt Scholars partnership, which will help women from Muslim nations earn STEM degrees in the U.S., according to a press release.

Under this program, Clinton said the State Department and USAID will partner will the New York Academy of Sciences and various other women's colleges across the nation. While the academy will give the foreign students access to mentors to guide them through their education, the other colleges will give the degree seekers financial assistance.

"Today’s next Madame Curie could be sitting in a high school classroom in Cairo, Jakarta or Mogadishu, yearning for opportunities to explore her potential," Clinton said in a statement. "The United States is determined to help give her that chance."

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