“Black Girl Magic is a rallying call of recognition. Embedded in the everyday is a magnificence that is so easy to miss because we’re so mired in the struggle and what society says we are.” -Ava Duvernay
Black women disproportionately experience inequalities of love. Recent statistics gathered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveal that, between 2006-10, 55% of Black women were never married, compared to 34% of white women, 49% of Latinas, and 55% of Black men. Likewise, Black women have lower rates of cohabiting (9.3%) than their white (11%) and Latina (16%) peers.
Black girls have higher incidence of emotional difficulties than other girls, including signs of depression.
In 2009, one national survey found that 67% of Black girls indicated that they felt sad or hopeless for two or more weeks straight, compared to 31% of white girls and 40% of Latina girls.
Teenage pregnancy disproportionately burdens
young Black women. Despite a national decline in teenage pregnancy rates, the pregnancy rate among Black teens is still twice that of White teens.
According to CARE, “When you empower a girl or a woman, she becomes a catalyst for positive change whose success benefits everyone around her.”
As of 2018, the estimated 1,119,400 companies owned by African-American women employed 272,000 people and generated $44.9 billion in revenue.