The Rise of the Black Woman


The Black woman. For decades she had two strikes against her. White America discriminated against her because of her skin color and her gender. Black men had it bad, but the sisters had it much worse. Before liberalism opened opportunities for minorities in America, Black women were forced to endure both racism and sexism.

From vaudeville shows to the Hollywood epic “Gone with the Wind,” Black women were depicted as both intellectually and physically inferior people who could do well as maids. In her novels, author Zora Neale Hurston often showed how Black women were victims of sexism by Black men, too. Unlike white women, today, Black women are degraded to physical objects in hip hop music.

The feminist movement primarily served the interests of the white middle class and well-to-do women who wanted to gain equal rights with the other sex. Supportive and hardworking Black women on the other hand, just wanted respect. The kind Aretha Franklin sings about.

Across the nation, Black women are establishing a commanding presence not only in the home, but boardrooms and conference rooms. It’s a growing reality that’s quietly gaining momentum without an organized movement or rally. Armed with college degrees, professional skills and fresh confidence, white America is seeing the Black woman in a different light more than ever before.


It’s a growing reality that is changing the perceptions of women of color and fueling the rise of today’s Black women as they advance in fields traditionally dominated by white men: politics and business. It’s a fact that’s documented in a major new report by the Black Women’s Roundtable, a national civic group. The fourth annual report lists key political, economic, and social issues that impact the nation’s 23 million Black women, their families and communities.


EDUCATION

Black women earned 67% of Associate Degrees and 65% of Bachelor Degrees earned among Blacks. And while all women across race are more likely to complete higher education than their male counterparts, Black women outpace their male peers more than any other group.

Black women however, continue to lag behind when it comes to those enrolled in an academic major reflective of the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), 10.6% Black women vs. 19.3% Black men respectively.



BUSINESS

Black women remain the fastest growing group of entrepreneurs. As of 2016, there were an estimated 1.9 million Black women-owned firms, employing 376,500 workers and generating $51.4 billion in revenues.

Yasss that’s black girl magic✨😍.

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