Black People : Study on Black Single Mothers Debunks Stereotypes...

Discussion in 'Black People Open Forum' started by Aqil, Dec 29, 2004.

  1. Aqil

    Aqil Well-Known Member MEMBER

    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2001
    Messages:
    4,029
    Likes Received:
    114
    Location:
    New York
    Ratings:
    +114
    By Monica M. Lewis
    BlackAmericaWeb.com

    A recent report by the U.S. Census Bureau shows that more than 80% of Black single mothers have completed high school – an achievement that not only can aid them in raising families, but one that goes a long way in debunking the stereotypes of single Black mothers as welfare queens and drug abusers.

    “We’ve kind of always known that Black women had much stronger labor force attachments than white women,” Rutgers University professor William M. Rodgers told BlackAmericaWeb.com. However, he said, a pay gap still exists between Black and white women – as does other hurdles that make managing a one-parent household difficult for women of color. “Many Black single mothers have challenges due to their surroundings,” Rodgers said, adding that more often than not, Black single mothers may face an array of problems, ranging from finding suitable childcare to recovering from domestic violence.

    Last month, the U.S. Census Bureau released a study - “America’s Families and Living Arrangements 2003” - that explored the state of American family households. The findings, based on data collected from 2002 statistics, focused on a number of basic trends in household compositions, including living arrangements, marital status of adults, and characteristics of unmarried households. The study doesn’t delve into the employment history of single mothers, however it can be assumed that the better a person’s education, the better their chances are to obtain and maintain gainful employment.

    The number of single-mother families increased from three million in 1970 to 10 million in 2003, while the number of single-father families grew from less than 500,000 to 2 million. There are now 3.1 million Black single mothers, compared to 6.4 million white single mothers and 1.8 million Hispanic single mothers. The rise in single-parent households developed, the study claims, for two main reasons – a larger proportion of births occurring in unmarried women in the 1990s than in the 1960s and 1970s, and the rise in divorce among couples with children.

    According to the report, approximately 1,169,000 Black single mothers, or 37%, had graduated from high school only, compared to 2,235,000 – or 35% of white single mothers. For Hispanic single mothers the number was 586,000. But the number of Black single mothers with a bachelor’s degree or higher - 315,000 - was significantly lower than that of white single mothers with comparable education - 904,000 - and higher than that of Hispanic single mothers in that category - 90,000. About a million Black single mothers had some college, compared to 2 million white single mothers, and 396,000 Hispanic single mothers.

    Read the entire article at:

    http://www.blackamericaweb.com/site.aspx/bawnews/singlemoms1221
     
  2. panafrica

    panafrica Well-Known Member MEMBER

    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2002
    Messages:
    10,227
    Likes Received:
    191
    Location:
    The Diaspora
    Ratings:
    +194
    Today there are many programs to help teen mothers complete their high school education. It is no longer necessary for young ladies to end their education if they become pregnant while in school. Although I applaud the opportunity these numbers bring, becoming a mother while still in high school, is still not desirable! I hope the numbers of teen mothers in our community continue to decrease as the percentage that finish high increases!
     
  3. kente417mojo

    kente417mojo Well-Known Member MEMBER

    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2004
    Messages:
    3,756
    Likes Received:
    34
    Gender:
    Male
    Ratings:
    +34
    This also shows that Black Women are the only race that is made to look lazy and like welfare cases. I have been in welfare offices and more times than not, there was more white and hispanic people than black women. Now, that's just what I've seen, but I'm not sure what the stats are.
     
  4. cherryblossom

    cherryblossom Banned MEMBER

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2009
    Messages:
    19,252
    Likes Received:
    5,505
    Gender:
    Female
    Ratings:
    +5,560
    I wonder if it's higher or lower since '04.
     
Loading...