Feb 21, 2024 - News

First lady Jill Biden to speak on women's health research in Cambridge

U.S. First Lady Jill Biden looks up while speaking at a podium with microphones.

First lady Jill Biden. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

First lady Jill Biden will speak at an event in Cambridge today as part of the White House Initiative on Women's Health Research.

Why it matters: If successful, the initiative could help address gender-related research gaps in health care, which affect half of the country's population.

Catch up fast: The first lady attended a political fundraiser for the Biden Victory Fund yesterday in Connecticut before heading to Boston, according to the White House.

The latest: Biden is expected to speak at 11:30am.

Flashback: The president announced the new initiative in November to tackle historically understudied problems in women's health, led by Jill Biden.

  • "Every woman I know has a story about leaving her doctor's office with more questions than answers," the first lady said in a statement last year.
  • It's "not because our doctors are withholding information, but because there's just not enough research yet on how to best manage and treat even common women's health conditions."

Zoom out: Not only is women's health research typically underrepresented, but women's health startups get far less funding than other companies, reports Axios' Erin Brodwin.

  • A 2023 Silicon Valley Bank report found that women's health startups are worth one-fifth less than startups focusing on health generally.

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