Empowering and Educating Women & Their Families.
Why We Do It?
It should not come as a surprise that Black women are more likely to die at a younger age than women from other racial groups. Black mothers are praised for overcoming systemic issues of racism and poverty through hard work and sacrifice.
Black women have lower income jobs, more caregiver strain, less access to health care, higher exposure to traumatic events, and greater physical health problems than White women.
Black children are more likely to be victims of serious violent crime, making them more likely to need treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder and other forms of psychological distress.
W.O.M.E.N was born to empower and educate teenage girls of color and their families in West Athens Westmont. Our mission is to provide life skills training, so they can feel empowered about their bodies and their actions.
Of total bachelor’s degrees earned by US citizen women and permanent residents in 2017–2018, 11.4% were earned by black women (this percentage has decreased since its high of 12.3% in 2011-12)*
Women of Color Are Disproportionally Represented in Low Wage and Essential Jobs. Roughly 60.3% of maids and housekeepers, 50.3% of nursing assistants, and 45.7% of personal care aides are women of color.
In 2020, women of color represented 18% of entry-level positions. Few advanced to leadership positions: managers (12%), senior managers/directors (9%), VPs (6%), SVPs (5%), and C-suite positions (3%).*