White House to Announce $118 million Initiative To Improve the Lives of Women of Color

On Friday, The White House Council on Women and Girls hosted a forum to discuss ways to improve the lives of women and girls of color in America. The forum included a commitment of $118 million in assistance from public and private organizations, The Washington Post reports.

During the forum, participants discussed the "Advancing Equity for Women and Girls of Color" report which identifies several areas of focus, including education, criminal justice, health and economic conditions.
The Ms. Foundation and Prosperity Together have pledged $100 million over five years to develop programs to lift women and girls out of poverty. The Collaborative to Advance Equity through Research has pledged $18 million that will go to studying and collecting data to help identify challenges and solutions to challenges faced by women and girls in poverty. 

The forum comes as a response to a speech President Obama gave several weeks ago which called for more attention to challenges faced by women and girls of color.
You can view the forum here.

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