A new report released last week by the Black Women’s Roundtable examines the state of black women across the country over the last six decades and shows that while significant progress has been made since the 1964 Civil Rights Act and other key historic markers, there are many crucial social and economic issues that still need to be addressed.
The report, titled “Black Women in the United States, 2014,” draws on data from the U.S. Departments of Labor, Education and Health and Human Services and shows that while black women are more vulnerable to health problems and violence than other groups, they are making social and economic strides in terms of education and business and have benefitted from union membership.
In particular, the report shows that black women in the U.S. have maintained a higher rate of unionization than other groups. In addition, black women who are covered under collective bargaining agreements make higher wages and have greater access to benefits than women of all races or ethnicities who are not unionized.
A copy of the report can be found at http://bit.ly/1hfoLx9.