Black Women Most Educated, Still Lag Behind

A report released by the National Center for Education Statistics shows that Black women are the most educated group in the United States.

The report, Degrees Conferred by Sex and Race, shows that between 2009 and 2010, Black women received 68 percent of all associate degrees awarded to African Americans, 66 percent of bachelor’s degrees, 71 percent of master’s degrees and 65 percent of doctorate degrees awarded to Black students.

Six years later and not much has changed.

Researchers also found that the percentage of Black students in the country rose from 10 to 15 percent. The percentage of white students in college fell from 84 percent to 60 percent.

Despite their educational gains, Black women are still paid 64 cents for every dollar, compared to 75 cents earned by Black men, 75 cents earned by white women, and 67 cents earned by Hispanic men.

Hispanic women earn the least amount of cents per dollar, making 54 cents, according to the report.

Black women also face barriers when seeking jobs in private sectors. An AAUW report shows they make up just 8 percent of the workforce, and less than 2 percent of leadership roles.

Black women are continuing to make educational gains to the point where they’re in first place. Let’s work to ensure that equal pay, equal treatment and equal employment opportunities follow suit.

Click here for the full report.