So together with you, our friends and allies, let’s unite on this important discussion to talk about the issues, the policies that hold black mothers back, and how we can ALL advocate for change. Let’s hold hands and heal together. There is a lot to unpack but we must begin this important work and march forward together.
Black women are disproportionately affected by the global pandemic. Consider the following:
- Black mothers are four times more likely to be single and serve as the primary breadwinners of their home.
- Black moms are more likely to participate in the workforce than moms of any other race, and about 85% of black mothers are the primary, sole or co-breadwinner for their families, but in 2017, they were making only 54 cents compared to white dads’ dollar.
- According to research in the New York Times, "Black women are three to four times as likely to die from pregnancy-related causes as their white counterparts," with racism playing a direct role.
- More than 75% of black women spend over three hours each day on housework, compared to just over half of white women.
- Black women also spend nearly three times more hours per week caring for elderly or sick relatives, compared to just the 12 hours white women spend.