Black and Female in the U.S.A.
A look at the state of Black women in America.
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The State of Black Women - Black women have come a long way in the past 60 years but still have a way to go to close gaps in key areas, from education to political office. A new report released by the Black Women's Roundtable Policy network offers a glimpse of where women are and will serve as a roadmap to "promote progressive leaders to champion" women's causes. Here's a snapshot of some of the findings. – Joyce Jones (@BETpolitichick) (Photo: Hero Images/Getty Images)
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Maternal Mortality - The maternal mortality rate for African-American women is three times higher than for white women and similar to the rate experienced by women in many developing nations. (Photo: digitalskillet/GettyImages)
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Education - Black women's high school graduation rate has increased by 63 percent to 85 percent, narrowing the gap with white women to 7 percent. Still the out-of-school suspension rate for Black girls is six times higher than the rate for white girls. (Photo: Art Vandalay/Getty Images)
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Unequal Pay - African-American women make only 64 cents for every dollar a man earns. However, they also lead all women in labor force participation. (Photo: Steve Cole/Getty Images)
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No Golden Years - African-American women over 65 have the lowest household income of any demographic group. They are more reliant on Social Security, without which the poverty rate for Black women would more than double. (Photo: Pauline St.Denis/Getty Images)