Mission & Vision

We advocate social responsibility, facilitate supportive services and build STEM programs nationwide to create equal access to STEM education for African American women and girls, as well as increase their representation in the U.S. STEM workforce.

 

By 2030 we aim to increase the respresentation of African American women and girls in STEM by 20 percent — in turn decreasing various barriers she faces such as high student debt, low paying salaries and unequal pay by 20 percent.

 
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American Woman is cognizant of, and addressing urgent gender and race inequalities African American Women face on their STEM journeys

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African American’s score the lowest on SAT’s math section

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Decline in computer sciences, math/ statistics, and engineering degrees among African American women

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An underrepresented group only making up less than 10% of the U.S. STEM workforce

OTHER CHALLENGES SHE FACES INCLUDES

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HIGHEST POVERTY RATES

According to U.S. News’ 2018 report, the U.S. Census 2017 National Poverty Data confirmed poverty rates are highest among women and minorities. Women had higher poverty rates than men and minorities had higher poverty rates than non-Hispanic whites, mainly because women earn less than men and minorities receive lower wages on average than whites.

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HEAVIEST LONGest TERM STUDENT DEBT

According to Newsweek’s 2018 report, black women graduate with the most U.S. student loan debt and for the longest period of time compared to white men and white women. 71% of women reported student loan debt at their bachelor’s degree graduation, compared to 66% of men. African-American women amass an average of $30,400 by college graduation, compared with $22,000 held against white women and $19,500 for Caucasian male students.

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lowEST paying SALARIES

According to Bloomberg’s 2018 report, on average, a black woman in the U.S. has to work more than 8 additional months to earn what, on average, a white man does in one calendar year. White women experience a smaller wage gap than African-American women do. In the U.S., the most popular jobs for white women pay almost 2x as much as the most popular jobs for black women. 

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UNEQUAL PAY BY RACE AND GENDER

According to MarketWatch’s 2017 report, black women are paid 38% less than white men and 21% less than white women on average. #38PercentCounts advocates equal pay for black women.

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highest infant mortality rates

According to Bloomberg’s 2018 report, the most educated face the greatest risk of having their children die at birth or in infancy. Stress from dealing with racism and sexism seems to be a key reason that highly educated black women are far more likely to lose their babies than are equally educated white women.

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HOUSING DISCRIMINATION & POOR NEIGHBORHOODS

The U.S. Federal Housing Administration 1934-1968 racist housing policy refused to give blacks loans for mortgages and segregated them. Unequal housing opportunities to black homebuyers and renters has generationally impacted access to safer neighborhoods, better education, good-paying jobs, government resources, hospitals, parks and even the quality of political representation. 

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DOMESTIC violence

Black women are almost 3x as likely to experience death as a result of DV/IPV than White women. 22% of homicides that result from DV/IPV happen to Black Women. Statistically, they experience sexual assault and DV/IPV at disproportionate rates and have the highest rates of intra-racial violence against us than any other group.

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HEALTH INEQUALITIES

According to the U.S. Department of Health and human Services Office of Minority Health’s 2017 report, African American women have the highest rates of being overweight or obese compared to other groups in the U.S. In 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports African American women who get breast cancer are more likely to die from the disease than white women and are less likely to survive for 5 years after diagnosis, among other health inequalities.

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RACISM & DISCRIMINATION

For hundreds of years in the U.S., starting with the involuntary and inhumane actions geared towards African Americans through slavery, there have been many inequalities that have been endured through systematic and institutionalized racism that unfortunately still negatively impacts this group today.

The cycles of poverty, discrimination, and sexism are much, much harder to break than the record for Grand Slam titles. For every black woman that rises through the ranks to a position of power, there are too many others who are still struggling.
— Serena Williams