Jill Biden takes charge of new women's initiative with Maria Shriver: First Lady enlists journalist member of the Kennedy family to push for research funding for Alzheimer's, heart disease, menopause and depression

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  • Jill Biden and Maria Shriver subordinate President Biden successful Oval agency for signing
  • 'Women merit better, and now we’re going to get,' Jill Biden said 
  • 'The bottommost statement is that we can´t dainty aliases forestall them from becoming sick if we person not infested successful backing nan basal research,' Maria Shriver said 

By Emily Goodin, Senior U.S. Political Reporter

Published: 17:03 EST, 13 November 2023 | Updated: 17:03 EST, 13 November 2023

Jill Biden and Maria Shriver joined forces connected Monday to motorboat a caller inaugural to boost national investigation into women's wellness issues. 

The first woman said it was a speech earlier this twelvemonth pinch Shriver, the former California first woman and a women's wellness advocate, that 'raised nan request for an effort wrong and extracurricular authorities to adjacent nan investigation gaps successful women's wellness that person persisted acold excessively long.' 

'When I brought this rumor to my husband, Joe, a fewer months ago, he listened. And past he took action,' Jill Biden said. 'That is what he does.' 

'Women merit better, and now we’re going to get,' she noted. 

President Joe Biden signs a Presidential Memorandum establishing nan first-ever White House Initiative connected Women's Health Research, successful nan Oval Office pinch (from near to right) First Lady Jill Biden, Deputy Director of nan Office of Management and Budget Shalanda Young, Director of nan White House Gender Policy Council Jen Klein, and Maria Shriver, Founder of nan Women's Alzheimer's Movement

The 2 women joined President Joe Biden successful nan Oval Office erstwhile he signed a memorandum to found nan first-ever White House Initiative connected Women's Health Research.

They were joined by Office of Management and Budget head Shalanda Young and White House Gender Policy Council head Jen Klein.

President Biden gave his woman nan pen he utilized to found nan inaugural and past gave her a kiss. 

Women make up much than half of nan U.S. organization but stay understudied and underrepresented successful wellness research.

The caller inaugural is aimed astatine improving how the national authorities approaches and costs investigation into nan wellness of women.

Jill Biden has worked connected women's wellness issues since nan early 1990s, aft respective of her friends were diagnosed pinch bosom cancer. 

'If you inquire immoderate female successful America astir her wellness care, she astir apt has a communicative to tell. You cognize her. She's a female who gets debilitating migraines but doesn't cognize why and can't find curen options that activity for her,' she told reporters connected a briefing telephone connected Monday. 

'She's nan female going done menopause, who visits pinch her expert and leaves pinch much questions than answers.'

The first woman specifically pointed retired nan 'stunning deficiency of information' astir really to negociate menopause erstwhile it comes to women's wellness needs.

Shriver, nan laminitis of the Women's Alzheimer's Movement, said women dress up two-thirds of those afflicted pinch Alzheimer's illness and aggregate sclerosis, and correspond much than three-fourths of those who are diagnosed pinch an auto-immune disease. 

Other statistic noted by officials:

  • Heart illness is nan starring origin of decease among women yet accepted testing utilized to diagnose a bosom onslaught was developed based connected men
  • Women suffer from slump and worry astatine doubly nan levels of men
  • Researchers don't cognize why women who ne'er smoked are doubly arsenic apt to create lung crab than men who ne'er smoked
  • Women of colour are 2 to 3 times much apt to dice of pregnancy-related complications than achromatic women
  • Millions of different women grapple regular pinch nan broadside effects of menopause

'The bottommost statement is that we can´t dainty aliases forestall them from becoming sick if we person not infested successful backing nan basal research,' Shriver said connected nan briefing telephone pinch reporters. 'That changes today.'

The White House Gender Policy Council will led nan effort on pinch Jill Biden.

President Joe Biden gives Jill Biden a buss after giving her nan pen he utilized to motion a statesmanlike memorandum that will found nan first-ever White House Initiative connected Women's Health Research

President Biden's memorandum directs members to study backmost wrong 45 days pinch 'concrete recommendations' to amended nan prevention, test and curen of women's wellness issues. 

It besides asks them to group 'priority areas of focus,' specified arsenic investigation ranging from bosom attacks successful women to menopause, wherever further investments could beryllium 'transformative.'

The president besides wants collaboration pinch nan scientific, backstage assemblage and philanthropic communities.

Carolyn Mazure will chair nan investigation effort. Mazure joined nan first lady's agency from nan Yale School of Medicine, wherever she created its Women's Health Research Center.


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