Friday, the White House Council on Women and Girls hosted an all day summit examining ways to improve the lives of women and girls of color. To aid the cause, the Obama Administration announced it would be allocating $118 million in public-private funds.

The Ms. Foundation, in conjunction with Prosperity Together (a collective of 20 women’s foundations), will donate $100 million over five years to improve the economic outcomes of low-income women, and the Collaborative to Advance Equity to Research, which includes colleges and universities, will invest another $18 million to support research efforts targeting women and girls of color.

The White House Council on Women and Girls has identified five issue areas where interventions can promote opportunities for success, including; fostering school success and reducing unnecessary exclusionary school discipline, meeting the needs of vulnerable striving youth; inclusive stem education; sustaining reduced rates for teen pregnancy; and aiding in economic prosperity.

While the challenges face women and girl of color are great, this initiative is a good start in addressing their needs.

Watch the entire summit below. 

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