The Big Bad Black Woman

43 out of 50 black women graduate from high school.

the percentage of black women in college surpasses ALL OTHER GROUPS in the United States.

Between 1997 and 2013, the number of businesses started by African-American women grew more than 250%.

As of 2013, the estimated 1,119,400 companies owned by African-American women employed272,000 people and generated $44.9 billion in revenue.

Black women serve in 82% of state legislatures.

In 2016, 259 black women serve in 41 of the 50 state legislatures. And in Georgia and Maryland,black women hold more than 10% of the seats.

Of the 32 women of color currently serving in the U.S. House of Representatives, 18 (55%) are African-American.

In the past two presidential elections, black women led the nation in voter turnout. And a whopping 70% of African-American women voted in 2012, even with some serious disenfranchisement efforts in place.

New HIV diagnoses among black women are falling.

While HIV and AIDS remain a concern, between 2008 and 2010, new HIV incidence among black women declined 21%.

From 2007-2014, the birthrate for African-American teenagers declined 44%. Interesting semi-related data point: Black women report higher levels of consistent condom use than white women.

Black women are living longer than ever before.

In 1960, the life expectancy for a black woman was 68. By 2010 it was 78.

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