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A new report released Thursday found that, while black women are becoming a political and economic powerhouses, they’re still quite vulnerable in other respects. “Black Women in the United States, Progress and Challenges” examined data from the past six decades from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services, among other sources. What it uncovered about the state of black women might surprise you. Here are a few highlights:

  • As they have from the beginning of their experience in America, Black women lead all women in labor force participation rates. Even as mothers of small children, Black women are overwhelmingly likely to work.
  • Black women are especially likely to be a victim of violence in America. In fact, no woman is more likely to be murdered in America today than a Black woman. No woman is more likely to be raped than a Black woman. And no woman is more likely to be beaten, either by a stranger or by someone she loves and trusts, than a Black woman.
  • Largely due to years of pay disadvantages, decreased access to employer-sponsored pension plans, and a stunning lack of overall wealth accumulation,Black women over 65 have the lowest household income of any demographic group in America.
  • Black women make up the most dynamic segment of the Rising American Electorate. In the past two Presidential elections, Black women led all demographic groups in voter turnout. And even without President Obama on the ballot, in the recent pivotal Virginia gubernatorial election, Black women once again exceeded all other groups in turning out on Election Day. As such, Black women were a key factor in turning Virginia Blue heading into the 2014 mid-term elections.

“NewsOne Now” with Roland Martin was joined Monday by Melanie Campbell, Avis Jones-DeWeever, comedienne Meshelle to discuss the report and a recent black women’s rountable that took place in Washington. Listen to the full conversation between Martin and the NewsOne Now panel on the state of black women.

Be sure to listen to “NewsOne Now” with Roland Martin, weekdays at 7 a.m. EST and watch at 9 a.m. EST on TV One.

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