WASHINGTON (NEWSnet/AP) — President Joe Biden signed an executive order Monday aimed at advancing the study of women’s health by strengthening data collection and providing better funding for biomedical research.

“To state the obvious, women are half the population and underrepresented across the board, but not in my administration,” Biden said, drawing rapplause at a White House reception marking Women’s History Month.

Research frequently fails to properly track differences between women and men, and does not represent women equally particularly for illnesses more common to them. Biden suggested his order would help to change that.

Vice President Kamala Harris, women’s health advocate Maria Shriver and the first lady also addressed the reception.

“Finally women will get the health care we deserve,” Jill Biden said, saying the order signed Monday is “without precedent.”

Some conditions have varying symptoms for women and men, such as heart disease. Others are more common in women, such as Alzheimer’s disease, and some are unique to women: endometriosis, uterine cancer and fibroids found in the uterus.

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