Women and Girls of Color: Addressing Challenges and Expanding Opportunities

Jacob West (Editor)

Series: Women’s Issues
BISAC: SOC028000

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In recent years, on indicators ranging from educational attainment to economic security to health and well-being, women and girls of color have made tremendous progress. The number of businesses owned by women of color has skyrocketed, and women of color have ascended to the upper ranks of workplaces across industries. Teen pregnancy rates for girls of color have plummeted, and high school and college graduation rates have risen. Yet, these achievements may obscure the very real challenges and disparities that persist for women and girls of color. Girls of color still lag behind in their performance on standardized tests, and they are more likely to be suspended from school. Women and girls of color still face higher rates of poverty and receive lower wages for their work than their white peers, and they are more likely to become involved in the criminal justice system. Women of color still have some of the highest rates of heart disease, obesity, diabetes and other serious conditions, and they experience high rates of domestic violence. And when women are the primary or sole breadwinners for nearly half of all households of color, these disparities do not just affect them, but their families and communities as well. This book addresses challenges and discusses expanding opportunity for women and girls of color. (Imprint: Novinka)

Preface

Chapter 1. Women and Girls of Color: Addressing Challenges and Expanding Opportunity
The White House Council on Women and Girls

Chapter 2. Fulfilling America’s Future: Latinas in the U.S., 2015
Patricia Gándara and The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics

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