Council on Women and Girls Highlights
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“If we’re going to out-innovate and out-educate the rest of the world, then we have to open doors to everyone,” said Mrs. Obama during an event at the White House to announce the NSF Career-Life Balance Initiative. “We need all hands on deck. And that means clearing hurdles for women and girls as they navigate careers in science, technology, engineering and math.”
On Monday, First Lady Michelle Obama spoke about the importance of supporting and retaining women and girls who choose careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. science, the so-called STEM disciplines. As outlined in a Washington Post op-ed by Valerie Jarrett and Tina Tchen, on Monday the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced a major, 10-year initiative to provide greater work-related flexibility to women in research careers. You can also find a great blog by John Holdren, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, detailing this announcement.
As the First Lady spoke about our longer term strategy to create jobs, the President spoke this week about our shorter term strategy on education and jobs. Earlier this week, President Obama visited the Abraham Lincoln High School in Denver, Colorado to talk about how the American Jobs Act will help modernize schools like Lincoln High all across the country. The President is proposing a $25 billion investment in school infrastructure to repair and upgrade at least 35,000 public schools.
Check out this video: Joining Forces with Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
Joining Forces is a national initiative that was established to address the unique needs of, and expand opportunities for, our remarkable military families. The town of Fayetteville, North Carolina and the crew of ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition set the bar for showing support of Joining Forces when they spent a week in the sweltering heat of July building a brand new house for Barbara Marshall, a 15-year Navy veteran who has dedicated her life to combating homelessness among female veterans.
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Avra Siegel is the Deputy Director of the White House Council on Women and Girls.
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