Black Women Face Higher Barriers to Advancement

According to a June 2017 advocacy organization’s report, black women in the United States face structural barriers to advancement of all sorts. Black women are politically underrepresented, as they are not recruited to run for office and face barriers to white and male political networks. The wage gap is more significant for black women than white women. While black families depend on black women’s salaries, they are less able to afford quality childcare, and a significant number lack access to healthcare coverage. Black women experience poverty at higher rates than all men and women of most races. Black women’s negative health experiences outpace those of women of other races. The report also found that black women and girls experience higher rates of domestic violence, discipline in schools, and imprisonment. This report details the systemic and institutionalized racism and sexism faced by black women in the United States.