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A new report released last Thursday sheds some light on the state of Black women.  Although Black women are becoming more involved politically and are more educated and financially stable, there are still areas of improvement.

The report, “Black Women in the United States, Progress and Challenges”, studied six decades of data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services.  The 76 page report highlighted the progress and challenges that Black women are still facing.

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Highlights include:

  • As they have from the beginning of their experience in America, Black women lead all women in labor force participation rates. Even as mothers of small children, Black women are overwhelmingly likely to work.
  • Black women are especially likely to be a victim of violence in America. In fact, no woman is more likely to be murdered in America today than a Black woman. No woman is more likely to be raped than a Black woman. And no woman is more likely to be beaten, either by a stranger or by someone she loves and trusts, than a Black woman.
  • Largely due to years of pay disadvantages, decreased access to employer-sponsored pension plans, and a stunning lack of overall wealth accumulation,Black women over 65 have the lowest household income of any demographic group in America.
  • Black women make up the most dynamic segment of the Rising American Electorate. In the past two Presidential elections, Black women led all demographic groups in voter turnout. And even without President Obama on the ballot, in the recent pivotal Virginia gubernatorial election, Black women once again exceeded all other groups in turning out on Election Day. As such, Black women were a key factor in turning Virginia Blue heading into the 2014 mid-term elections.
  • Black women are woefully underrepresented in the STEM workforce.   Black women comprise only 2% of the science and engineering workforce in the U.S. compared to 51% of White men and 18% of White women.  In 2004, of the 7,488 science and 1,941 engineering doctoral degrees awarded to Americans, only 1.7% were awarded to Black women compare to 30% of science doctorates and 15% of engineering doctorates awarded to White women. By 2006, the number of Black women with doctoral degrees had declined to .34% in computer science and .58% in engineering.
  • Black women college STEM students report being excluded from study groups with other students,27; experiencing difficulty finding students willing to be study partners; and being assigned fewer tasks than other members in group projects based on assumptions of incompetence.

To view/download the report, click here.

 

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  • 9Boots

    The million dollar question is……are BW going to do something about this? Our supposed allies (BM) don’t give a damn because they are not our allies. BW must place themselves first. The misogynoir is a bigger beast than racism.

    • cbmts

      your supposed allies probably have it a lot more worse than you do. this study is comparing black women with other women. stay focus on the topic instead of turning this into another BW vs BM thread.

    • 9Boots

      How about you get some reading comprehension and recognize the second bullet point stating

      “Black women are especially likely to be a victim of violence in America. In fact, no woman is more likely to be murdered in America today than a Black woman. No woman is more likely to be raped than a Black woman. And no woman is more likely to be beaten, either by a stranger or by someone she loves and trusts, than a Black woman.”

      Now we all know good and well BM are the ones committing all this evil against BW. Stop being a misogynoir sympathizer.

    • cbmts

      talk about lacking reading comprehension. maybe this will help:
      https://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/2012/tables/12s0313.pdf
      homicide victims by race and gender: black males: 7,584 black women: 1,286 in 2007. there are no other available data so no reason to suggest it has changed.
      the study is comparing black women to other women.
      it’s not comparing black women to everyone else.

    • 9Boots

      BW having the highest murder rate out of all women is EVIL. Period.

  • Core Values

    @Me

    You can’t worship two God’s. You’re talking but not listening. Yes, there have been some educational benefits and social benefits for a small minority of black women because of feminism but there have also been negative results that have did something that slavery, Jim Crow, segregation and discrimination were unable to do. Destroy the black family. As long as you and black women reject your grand and great grandmother’s ways, customs, and traditions and core familial principles and follow a failed ideology black women, black kids and the black community will suffer. Currently 9% of married blacks and their kids live in poverty, 44% of single black parents and their kids live in poverty. Most would agree there are very few issues more important to black women than marriage. Where are all the Black Feminist books and articles talking to black women about the importance of marriage? Black Feminism has placed their ideology ahead of Black Women and replaced basic Christian core values with Black Feminist Ideology. Which God do you worship?

    All of these things can be traced back to Black Feminism:
    Same sex relations
    Free love, casual sex when you want and with whomever you want.
    I don’t need a man…….
    Wait until 30 to start looking for a husband
    I don’t need marriage to start a family
    Promoting, glorifying and defending baby black mama culture
    Unfeminine and lack of humility.
    The Angry Black Woman Label
    Abortion on demand. 100% control of reproduction but abdicating 50% of responsibility and accountability.
    (abort kids you don’t want blame man for pregnancy of OTHER kids you keep)

    • cruelfunk (@cruelfunk)

      It really begs the question. Why, if black women have hundreds of thousands of abortion annually, are all these black children still being born out of wedlock? And when does it stop being the man’s fault. We don’t have a say who comes into this world.

  • Ask_Me

    Interesting study…now do a study on black women who have opted OUT of relations with black men (i.e., married out). I guarantee you the conclusions will be a stark contrast to this study. This might be politically incorrect to say, but it is the truth.

    The laughable thing that people like “Core Values” refuse to grasp is this: Collectively, black men are UNCONVENTIONAL (i.e., not like other races of men…don’t go by traditional gender roles) yet they want CONVENTIONAL black women. Sorry, it don’t work that way.

    Conventional wisdom tells us that men are supposed to be builders, protectors and providers. Unless I woke up in the twilight zone…that ain’t black men.

    So, you Unconventional men have NO RIGHT to demand that black women be conventional women. Having a penis doesn’t guarantee any woman has to submit to you. If you want to compare black women to other races of women (ex…those Asian women don’t have any problem being submissive), be prepared to be compared to other races of men and what they are doing for the women of their race (ex. gee…those Asian men built a functional, stable, community for their women).

    Peace!

    • Dude, Wake Up

      @Ask_ME / @JustSaying

      I can definitely see you being the next Glenda Moore since you believe in non-black men so much. I would hold off on that.

      Interesting study…now do a study on black women who have opted OUT of relations with black men (i.e., married out). I guarantee you the conclusions will be a stark contrast to this study. This might be politically incorrect to say, but it is the truth.

      Leaving black men for non-black men is NOT going to solve BWs collective problems.

      Support the men who support you. Meaning that you are going to have to date more practically.

      And most BW CANNOT date out even if they wanted to. There are bigger challenges dating inter-racially & inter-culturally

      The laughable thing that people like “Core Values” refuse to grasp is this: Collectively, black men are UNCONVENTIONAL (i.e., not like other races of men…don’t go by traditional gender roles) yet they want CONVENTIONAL black women. Sorry, it don’t work that way.

      Conventional wisdom tells us that men are supposed to be builders, protectors and providers. Unless I woke up in the twilight zone…that ain’t black men.

      Fair, but today’s BW are not checking for BM with their finances together, so your point is moot. And even you who is allegedly married to a white male, you love to focus on the black men who represent the underclass of men which is weird for an IR promoter.

      Every group of people has their lower end of people.

      Whites only put out their best for human consumption.

      Most whites are not that great, but I will never hear you talk about the lower end white men (maybe because you are married to one?)

      Asians, Europeans and Africans send their best to the states, so you get a warped view of what they are like.

      So, you Unconventional men have NO RIGHT to demand that black women be conventional women. Having a penis doesn’t guarantee any woman has to submit to you. If you want to compare black women to other races of women (ex…those Asian women don’t have any problem being submissive), be prepared to be compared to other races of men and what they are doing for the women of their race (ex. gee…those Asian men built a functional, stable, community for their women).

      Peace!

      See point above. Asians also get government assistance when they got here. Whites got government assistance in the 50s and even now.

      My point is, every race of men got help from this government to assist in building those stable communities you covet. Black men have not gotten any help (and he is entitled to it the most, since his ancestors built this country illegally for free) & have been discriminated economically.

      Sorry, BM need to be cut a ton of slack.

      And BW need to pick better men to associate with PERIOD.

    • Ask_Me

      Get the fudge out of here with these deflections and lies.

      This idea that black women are throwing away doctors, lawyers, engineers, black men with that are emotionally, physically and economically on point is bullspit…a myth carried forth by a flock of men who are UNDESIRABLE to ALL women…not just black women.

      Anyone can look around and see that “emotionally, physically and economically on point” doesn’t fit black men collectively. Alot of the SELF-proclaimed “good” black men are economically defective (i.e., not fit to marry…let alone be with). Instead of searching for the needle in the haystack, sisters should go swim in a pond full of bass, catfish, and trout where the odds are in their favor.

      Next, African American women are 6% of population in this country. We have NEVER needed all races of men to find us desirable. It only takes ONE man. And sisters, should bypass race for the sake of economic and emotional stability. Point blank, if that ONE man is white or Asian…so be it. As long as he comes correct there is no problem here.

      I’ll say it again, I guarantee if this woman did a study of black women who married/have relations with NON-black men the results of the study will be different. The plight of women can easily be traced to the men they connect themselves to in this world. Black women who have connected with non-black men have fared better…that’s just the truth.

      And no, black men don’t get a break for NOT doing the traditional stuff that MEN do…just like they can’t seem to give black women a break for NOT doing the traditional stuff that women do…black women’s HISTORY is never a consideration when the topic traditional gender roles is brought.

      Miss me please Ivory/be real/chilly road/ Queen of New Castle.

    • Ask_Me

      “Alot of the SELF-proclaimed “good” black men are economically defective (i.e., not fit to marry…let alone be with).”

      Correction: Alot of the Self-proclaimed “good” black men are EMOTIONALLY defective (i.e., not fit to marry…let alone be with).

    • Brad

      Well I must have been in an episode of the twilight zone last weekend. Went to an open house event with my daughter and her friends at my Alma motto Tuskegee Univ. It must have been at least 1,500 black kids there all with parents.

      A majority of them with “both” parents right there with them and the majority of the parents were college graduates. It did not appear to me that these black men were emotionally defective; in fact they appeared to be like myself actively involved in their children and their families lives.

      I spoke with a father taking his son to meet the coaches of the basketball team because his son was on full scholarship. I met another “emotionally defective” black man wearing a Hampton shirt who himself graduated from Norfolk state. But, was representing Hampton because his wife was a nursing professor at Hampton. I offered input to an older couple who was asking for input on SAT scores and admissions standards for their daughter.

      I don’t know and can’t speak for all black men and all black families. But, in my world black men come not only in all shape and sizes but, in all forms of good and bad and some can be as supportive as others are non supportive.

    • Ask_Me

      Listen, a man CANNOT tell women, what we should see in men. Just like a woman cannot tell a man what HE should see in women. The world does not work this way.

      Quite frankly, I’m willing to bet you saw what you wanted to see in the folks at Tuskegee. If you asked the young women who have dated the young men what they saw it would be two different things. You, as a straight man (I assume) will never see men through the eyes of a woman. So, please stop comparing your apple observation to that of oranges.

      This idea that black women are simply bypassing SELF-proclaimed “good” black men is nonsense. 9 and half times out of 10 these men are repulsive…emotionally, mentally, and sometimes physically. A degree and financially security doesn’t make you a good man. It’s possible to have these things and still be unattractive to most women who aren’t digging for gold.

      Most of the black men who frequent this site would probably throw themselves in the “good” category. Yet even Stevie Wonder could see that these men are sexist, abusive, emotionally unstable, and just plain old repulsive.

    • Brad

      “This idea that black women are simply bypassing SELF-proclaimed “good” black men is nonsense.”

      – That’s my point these woman did “not” by pass good men. They are married to them, started a family with them and are currently raising healthy children with them.

      Although I can’t see through a woman’s eyes and despite being in a house full of woman can’t truly understand your perspective all the time. I can say this, those men were there with there wives and children. But, I didn’t need a trip to Tuskegee to know that. Many of my family and friends are in healthy, happy relationships.

      In fact in my world with my family and friends, the husbands funded there wives undergraduate and graduate education. These were men who were had earned a degree already and gainfully employed so they could afford to help there spouses obtain there personal goals.

      You say “these men are sexist, abusive, emotionally unstable, and just plain old repulsive”.

      Lets be honest in large part when “black woman” looks at another black woman with a white spouse or mate. Her very first thought is one of “pity” because she thinks she had to settle for just “any” man, cause she couldn’t get herself a black man.

      I have seen it and heard the comments a dozen times first hand.

    • Ask_Me

      You clearly live in a bubble.

      YOUR REALITY IS NOT THE REALITY OF THE BLACK MASSES OUT HERE. Sorry, but every study and statistics reinforces the fact that you are living in a bubble…a delusional one at that.

      The majority of black men AREN’T married. The majority don’t have college degrees. The majority aren’t supportive spouses…sh-it they are not spouses at all. The majority don’t have nuclear families. The majority aren’t paying for their wives educations or their own. The majority aren’t sending their kids to college. The majority aren’t doing any of the stuff you wrote about in your bubble world.

      Stop comparing your reality to the stuff out here in the real world happening with the black masses. Can you do that? Seriously, if not opt out of a conversation where people are pointing out things happening in the world with the black masses.

      The things in this study didn’t fall from the clear blue sky!

      I would far rather have a conversation with someone who is not in denial of reality (as you appear to be), than to continue listening to you expound on the virtues of your bubble reality.

      As for this…

      “Lets be honest in large part when “black woman” looks at another black woman with a white spouse or mate. Her very first thought is one of “pity” because she thinks she had to settle for just “any” man, cause she couldn’t get herself a black man.”

      You need more people. This is clearly propaganda from your bubble reality.

      The conventional wisdom from black men who wish to ridicule black women’s relations with non-black men (specifically white men) is that black women “big up” each other for getting a white man. Now, you’re telling me the insecure black male is saying black women believe those of us with non-black men are a pitiful sight to see…LMAO…yeah you need more people.

      Just say I’m threatened by the idea of black women being with non-black men (specifically white) and call it a day. No need to make up lies about the ways black women view other black women’s relationships. For the most part, we don’t care…as long as the chick is happy…best wishes to her.

      I’m out! Peace!

    • Brad

      Yeap, you can say I live in a fantasy bubble all you want. You are right, I choose to live in the real world, the world I see with my own eyes and not statistics.

      If I lived by statistics I would believe more black men are in jail than in college. I would believe black woman have more babies out of wedlock and are not attending colleges at a higher rate than anyone else.

      Yea, you are right it is the company you keep. It is the people you choose to bring into your life. I know and I see the good and the bad. I see broken families and homes but, I know that ain’t our “only” story.

      As far as the “pitty” comment about “black woman” first responce on seeing another black woman with a white guy. Well I can also tell you for a lot of the black woman I know who are or have dated “white” guys. Well, they would “trade up” to a good black man if the opportunity arouse.

      Now most cases they remain loyal to their spouse or boyfriend but, when you get them to be honest about it, they admit their preference is a black man.

      But, since I live in a bubble and you like statistics, maybe you should check out that one done on social media “preferences” and race and gender.

      In that study black woman overwhelmingly choose black men over white men, asian men and spanish men as their preference.

      But, I am sure you know that and that’s why you fight so hard to get black woman to run for the hills if a black mean so much as smiles at them.

    • 9Boots

      Brad. You are a married man correct? Why the heck are you concerning yourself with whom single BW choose to date and marry? Focus on your wife. BW’s dating/marrying decisions do not concern you. BTW, Pimpology 101 is to tell the hoe that no other man or group of men want them. Thank you for continuing to show yourself.

    • Brad

      I am not concerned about who black woman get married to or date.

      But, I am concerned with lies and slander and one black women attempt to project her own personal failures with with black men onto all black male black female relationships.

      Oh and please believe I realize that the most desired woman on this earth is a black woman.

      But, what I am not fool enough to believe is that black men are not worthy to even desire them.

  • Core Values

    @Ask Me

    Your response is classic Black Feminist half truths, lies and revisionist history. The Black Feminist Fantasy of these great productive black communities without men in the homes has been proven a lie. Now, Black Feminist, have changed their solution to go find a white or non black man? lol If a black woman can find a white or non black man, go for it. People will always do what’s in their best interest. This lie that black women are preferring to remain single for months or years waiting for black men while turning down offers to be wined, dined and romanced by young eligible white and non black men is laughable. A lot of black women would have jumped ship a long time ago if they had the opportunity. Do you think we haven’t seen the online dating studies showing black women preferred the lest by men of other races? Do you think we don’t see these interracial online dating sites with black women out numbering white and non black men almost 10 to 1. Do you think we don’t see black women single digit interracial marriage rates? Black women are no more nor less loyal than women of any other race. 

    Why are you focusing on black married couples vs black women in interracial marriages? The last I checked the problem in the black community is black single parent homes. Most of these no good men are coming from single parent homes that Black Feminist promote, defend and glorify! You’re focused on the end result instead of the source and root of the problem. Where is this black community that YOUNG, friendly, physically fit, average to attractive black girls aren’t being pursued by numerous young black men? She just has to pick the right one while she’s still young and being pursued. Black women waiting until she’s in her 30’s and young men are in their 30’s is the absolute worst time to expect for black men to settle down for a mid 30’s black woman. He’s at the top of his game. He’s looking at younger women. The best time for young black women to look for a husband is in their 20’s when they’re at the top of their game (male’s perspective). Look for a husband when he’s on his way up not after he’s arrived. Black Feminist has YOUNG black girls thinking they’re going to have successful professional men chasing after them when these women are in their mid thirties is a lie for most black women. The black community has proven that it can produce, stable productive communities. Black women must reject and stop embracing the failed ideology of Black Feminist and embrace the familial social core principles of their grand mothers and great grandmothers. Stop replacing Christianity with Black Feminism as your core values. That is the only way the black community is going to produce working, responsible boys and a large percentage of feminine, friendly, non baby mama highly educated young black women that men, of all races, want to marry. It’s already been done by previous generations stop trying to recreate the wheel.

    • 9Boots

      So based off of Core’s logic, the ship has sailed for all BW over the age of 30. BM don’t want you. So all BW over the age of 30 should move on to non BM in order to get a husband. You are not worthy of BM. What a blessing in disguise.