In this month’s “Dealing with it” post, I wanted to speak on being a black woman in America. It is Women’s History Month, and I only thought it was fitting to have this as the topic.
So what does it mean to be a black woman in America? I decided to list a few statistics of the black woman:
- According to Census data about work-life earnings, white women make more than African American women among full-time, year-round workers, regardless of what degrees they have obtained.
- The most current available data show that African American women only made 64 cents to the dollar compared to white, non-Hispanic men in 2010. White women made 78.1 cents to a dollar.
- African American women-owned businesses employed 272,000 workers and generated $44.9 billion in revenue in 2013.
- Of the top 10 fastest-growing private companies owned by black entrepreneurs from 2009 to 2012, only 27 percent were owned by black women. (Source: americanprogress.org)
According to the statistics, black women are the least appreciated in our society but the hardest working. Black women often have the ambition to be better and to do better, but we often aren’t compensated for it.
The misconception of the black family is that the men are out in the streets, being “thugs” and ending up in jail. Our black men leave our black women to raise the children alone. Well, a lot of that can be analyzed in different perspectives. Yes, we do have a shortage of black men in our communities. Mainly because of the lack of jobs, activities, and programming that come into our black communities. I think it comes as no surprise that black communities have the worst schools, unemployment rates, and crime. The communities lack of development is the cycle effect that starts unwanted activities as in gangs and unemployment. While black single women with children are the primary family structure, there are reasons that happen other than the typical stereotypical “norm”.
What struggles do we face outside of the black community?
Black women struggle with proving that we are just as good. We have to be on top of everything times 10 to prove that we are up to par. Women in general face discrimination with salary differences from men. Black women face salary differences than that of white women. Black women are the least paid than any other group of people. But according to Essence, black women are among the most educated group in America. (Source: essence.com)
Speaking for my age group of black women, we are more motivated than ever to prove everyone wrong. I think we work to prove that we are just as good so much. We prove ourselves more and more each year. We have four black women as mayors, 20 black women make up the House of Representatives, and 1 as a Senator. We are working to break that stereotype and standard that black people can’t bring their communities up to be better.
I wanted to write this post to show that often a struggle comes to develop greatness. It takes a lot to build up character, and no one is as strong as a black woman. We have to encourage each other so that we all succeed.
The most unprotected person in America is the black woman.
The most neglected person in America is the black woman.” – Malcolm X
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