Monday, January 23, 2012

The Washington Post Examines Black Women’s Experiences and Perspectives

Series to Include a Community Forum on February 29th, New Poll Results, and Multimedia

WASHINGTON, DC — Black women are far more likely than white women to place importance on career success and are less inclined to focus on having children or being in a romantic relationship, according to a new, nationwide survey by The Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation. This is the first story in a series looking at black women's experiences and perspectives and can be read HERE.

Here are highlights of the latest poll findings:

  • About two-thirds of the black women who participated in the survey consider being successful in their careers very important
  • About three in four value living a religious life and worry about having enough money to pay their bills
  • 67% describe themselves as having high self esteem
  • 46% see the nation's economic system as stacked against blacks

The next story in the series will be published Tuesday, January 24 and captures how First Lady Michelle Obama's impact on black women and looks at how she has changed overall impressions of black women in America. In the coming weeks and months, The Post will also explore how black women assess their self-image and the impact of the economic recession on their finances.

In addition, The Post will host a panel discussion in partnership with Howard University’s Women as Change Agents titled “Through the Looking Glass: Black Women in America.” The event will take place on Wednesday, February 29 at Howard University’s Blackburn Center beginning at 6:30pm. The discussion will be led by Michelle Singletary, nationally syndicated Personal Finance Columnist for The Washington Post. To RSVP or to submit a question for the panel, please e-mail behindtheheadlines@washpost.comPhoto:  The Washington Post

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