Economic Justice and Solidarity Economy
We believe that economic equality is the unfinished business of the civil rights struggle. The fight for economic stability and self-sufficiency is also at the forefront of our struggle for democracy and human rights and this project amplifies the distinct voices of women of African descent as integral to that struggle. We conduct grassroots documentation of Black women’s untold stories on poverty, bearing witness to the historical, intergenerational, and current effects of poverty on their lives while providing alternatives through solidarity economy and building their capacity to transform current economic structures.
Women are poorer than men in all racial and ethnic groups, including the Black community. Black women lead all women in labor force participation rates, yet more than a quarter of Black women in the U.S. are poor (National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, 2014).
Although increasing numbers of Black women are college educated, Black women still earn lower wages in comparison to nearly every other racial and ethnic group in the U.S. In 2011, median weekly earnings for Black women in the U.S. were $605, compared to $510 for Latina women, $695 for white women, and $719 for Asian women (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2011). Despite the facts, the ongoing debate around economic justice is rarely focused on race and gender-based challenges for Black and Latina women, and it rarely considers these women across their economic life-spans.
Black Women’s Blueprint is committed to addressing the persistent sexist and racist economic inequities that keep Black women in poverty, and the ways in which sexual violence perpetuates the cycle of poverty in women’s lives. Join us as we build creative alternatives for sustainable solidarity economies and work to expand opportunities for women in nontraditional fields and at the highest levels of their professions.
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