Vice President Joe Biden's first day on the job was the day the White House announced a major initiative to increase the number of women and people of color in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine fields, or STEMM.
"The American STEMM ecosystem shuts out and diverts away too many talented individuals, closing off opportunities for discovery and innovation, and limiting national potential," the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy said in a press release.
"People of color, rural communities, women, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ people have long navigated the STEMM fields at a structural disadvantage," Jill Biden said Monday at the first White House Summit on STEMM Equity and Excellence.
"If we want to add more bright, talented educators and technology fields, we have to give them the support and respect they deserve," she said, per the Washington Post.
The initiative includes the launch of the STEMM Opportunity Alliance, a national effort from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and more than 90 other partners, CNN reports.
The effort aims to close the opportunity gaps in STEMM fields by 2050.
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