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New report highlights state of Black women and girls

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A new report that is the first full report on the state of Black women and girls in the U.S. is being highlighted by members of Congress and the First Lady of New York City.

The recently released report, the “State of Black Women and Girls in 21st Century America: An Analysis of Challenges and Opportunities,” is a collection of essays by Black women leaders who provide their perspectives on critical issues facing Black Women and Girls. In addition, the report proposes recommendations and legislative initiatives to ensure more opportunities for Black women and girls.

“Throughout American history, Black women have been on the front lines of every major fight for civil rights and progress, and we’ve certainly seen their ability to mobilize for their rights over the past year as well,” U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly (D-Chicago) said. “Yet so many barriers to equality and opportunity remain unbroken. This report identifies those barriers and lays the groundwork for establishing policies and initiatives that promote opportunities for Black women and girls.”

“Black women and girls have been undervalued and overlooked in this country for too long,” said NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray. “That is why it is critical to establish the interagency task force called for in this report to examine every aspect of the challenges and inequities in their lives and initiate change at the highest levels of government. I applaud Congresswoman Kelly, Congresswoman Clarke, Congresswoman Watson-Coleman and all who are creating policies and advancing legislation to promote more and better opportunities so that our sisters and daughters can thrive.”

The essays are authored by Congressional members, educators, entrepreneurs, healthcare and financial professionals and social activists who highlight a wide range of issues that impact Black women, including health care, economic disparities, public education and criminal justice.

Authors include U.S. Representatives Maxine Waters, (D-Calif.), Rep. Ayanna Pressley, (D-Mass.), Rep. Val Demings, (D-Fla.), Jahana Hayes (D-Conn.); Dorri McWhorter, CEO of YWCA Metropolitan Chicago, Kelly Fair, founder of Polished Pebbles Mentoring Program in Chicago, Audra Wilson, president and CEO of the Shriver Center on Poverty Law, and Felicia Davis, president and CEO of the Chicago Foundation for Women.

The Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls was officially formed in 2016. The caucus seeks to empower and elevate the voices for Black women and girls throughout the country and advance legislation important to their well-being.

The report is available to view here.

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