Did you realize two out of five women of color live in the South, and the majority of these women are Black?
In fact, according to a new study the South “has a larger proportion of Black women than the rest of the country.” (We’re talking Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, the Carolinas, Virginia, Florida, etc.)
The report by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) maps the geography of American women by race and ethnicity.
The reason this is important to know is because of how resources in the country get allocated. “Because whites have been the largest group, their situation is often taken as the norm and solutions developed may make sense for white women, but the problem may be larger and the solutions different when considering [women of color],” Heidi Hartmann, president of IWRP, told City Lab. Black women face different issues, such as being disproportionately expelled from school, and as adults, they can be victims of police brutality.
If these issues are put into the bigger context of where Black women live and work, they will be easier to target, Hartmann said. “We need to understand that diversity is a nuanced concept, with tremendous variation so that we can target policy solutions and make sure no group slips through the cracks.”