Obama_girls_cleveland_rtr_img*Following in the footsteps of its “My Brother’s Keeper” program to help boys of color, the White House is stepping up again with a similar effort aimed at providing assistance to women and girls of color.

The Washington Post reports the effort was made known last Friday (Nov. 13) at a forum hosted by the White House Council on Women and Girls that sought to determine ways it could improve the lives of females of color via a commitment of $118 million in assistance from public and private organizations to kick things off.

The money for the five-year initiative will be used to help bring women and girls out of poverty.

The Post notes the mention of a report called “Advancing Equity for Women and Girls of Color” by panelists at the forum. The report touches on various issues affecting the group that include education, criminal justice, health and economic conditions. In addition the education section of the report was noted in pursuing ways to reduce the number of school suspensions for girls of color as well as highlighting the council’s push to encourage more young women to pursue STEM specialties.

Funds for the initiative are set to come from the Ms. Foundation for Women and Prosperity Together as the organizations pledged to contribute $100 million over five years to develop programs to lift these women and girls out of poverty. Prosperity Together is comprised of 20 different women’s organizations. Founded in 1972, he Ms. Foundation is dedicated toward delivering funding and resources to organizations  that work to elevate the voice of women and girls across lines of race and class in communities throughout the nation.

The remainder of the $118 million was pledged by the Collaborative to Advance Equity through Research. According to the Post, the organization input will consist of studying and collecting data to identify struggles and challenges faced by women and girls of color in order to come up with solutions to overcome these items.

Money from the Ms. Foundation and Prosperity Together could be utilized to benefit the initiative with providing job training, encouraging entrepreneurship, or paying for childcare that would allow mothers to work during the day.

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