While black women in the United States are more vulnerable to health problems and violence than other groups, they’re making strides in education and business ownership, according to a new report released Thursday. What’s more, the report from the Black Women’s Roundtable shows, African American woman are becoming a powerful force at the polls, leading in voter turnout among all women.
The report — “Black Women in the United States, Progress and Challenges” — offers a glimpse of the state of black women across the country over the last six decades, a rare look at a population that numbers over 20 million people. It draws on data from Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services, among other sources. The report comes as both political parties look to gain an edge with women’s voters and debate the role of government and social programs in creating social mobility.
Some key findings from the report:
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