Report: Black Women Are Political Powerhouse Yet Remain Socially Vulnerable

Source:  Nia-Malika Henderson / The Washington Post

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.

Read the entire Black Women in the United States, Progress and Challenges report

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:

  • 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.

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