Black Women and Girls in Georgia Deserve Their Own Policy Agenda
Updated: Dec 2, 2018
In recognition of the growing need for strategic policy initiatives to close barriers and to improve the quality of life for some of our state's most vulnerable citizens, Black Women and Girls Advocacy Day offered a rare opportunity to focus attention on the distinct and urgent needs of over 1.5 million Georgians.
"The proclamation was an important milestone, but we must continue to engage in intentional action through a legislative agenda focused on the improvement of the lives of Black women and girls in Georgia." Fenika Miller-Founder, New Vision MSK
Earlier this year, we were proud to lead the effort as Governor Deal proclaimed April 30th Black Women & Girls Awareness Day in Georgia.
This day of recognition was to increase public awareness of the vital contributions and successes of Black women and girls in Georgia, but also to increase knowledge of the distinct barriers to success which prevent more than 1.5 million Georgians from reaching their full potential.
Gender earnings gap: Black women make 64 cents on the dollar compared to white men
Black women are more likely to work low wage service sector jobs, making them more susceptible to economic hardship and financial insecurity
21% of BWG are uninsured in Georgia, and health disparity studies reveal double obesity rates, higher rates of deaths from cancer, and higher incidences of other preventable diseases.
BWG make up 40% of all incarcerated women, despite being only 16% of the state's population
Black girls are SIX times more likely to receive disciplinary referrals, suspensions from school
Better protections are needed to protect BWG from high incidences of domestic violence, and other violent crimes against women.
Black women are under-represented in STEM fields, and in policy making positions throughout the state.
Although, these statistics are not comprehensive of the challenges that Black women and girls face in our state, the data is clear. We need strategic policy initiatives to close barriers and to improve the quality of life for some of our state's most vulnerable citizens. Black Women and Girls Awareness Day offered a rare opportunity to focus attention on the distinct and urgent needs of over 1.5 million Georgians.