The White House has decided to shutter a female-focused education initiative strongly supported by former first lady Michelle Obama, according to a CNN report released Monday.
The former first lady was the public face of the "Let Girls Learn" program since former President Barack Obama launched it in 2015. The program was focused specifically on growing educational opportunities for teen girls in developing countries.
CNN reported that internal documents, including communications among Peace Corps employees, suggested the initiative would be shuttered "immediately."
The news comes as President Donald Trump's agriculture secretary, Sonny Perdue, announced additional plans to change the healthy school lunch initiative that former first lady Michelle Obama also championed throughout her time in the White House through her "Let's Move" program.
The school lunch adjustments garnered a fair amount of negative feedback during the Obama years, with the sarcastic #ThanksMichelleObama hashtag often accompanying photos of unappetizing lunches on social media.
President Donald Trump and his daughter and adviser Ivanka Trump have spoken about their own efforts to educate girls during the past few months, repeatedly touting the importance of seeing more girls and women pursue careers in STEM fields.
The first daughter shared a post to Instagram on Monday in which she said she would be donating proceeds from her upcoming book to help support STEM education for girls and disadvantaged youth through the Boys & Girls Clubs of America organization.
Women make up half of the college-educated workforce—but less than one-third of the science and engineering workforce. I’m proudly supporting Boys & Girls Clubs of America with a grant I’ve recommended from my donor advised fund, using proceeds from my #WomenWhoWorkBook to increase STEM programming for girls and underrepresented youth. Together, we will help ensure that our children’s generation is prepared to fill the jobs of the future and able to contribute to solving our nation’s most critical challenges. Visit WomenWhoWork.com for details. @BGCA_Clubs #WomenInSTEM
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"Women make up half of the college-educated workforce—but less than one-third of the science and engineering workforce," she wrote. "I'm proudly supporting Boys & Girls Clubs of America with a grant I've recommended from my donor advised fund, using proceeds from my #WomenWhoWorkBook to increase STEM programming for girls and underrepresented youth."