Here Comes the Boom: An Assembly for Black Women and Girls is a conference planned by a dynamic coalition of organizations committed to developing leadership and political power for black women and girls. The goals at the assembly are to create an inclusive space for youth, trans, gender non-conforming, folks that are differently abled, folks that speak many languages, parents, formerly incarcerated and those with various learning styles. The Miami-based conference will focus on "what Black women and girls are doing in the community, and develop a political platform representative of our community." The Assembly will kick off on Friday, June 22, 2018, and will conclude on Saturday, June 23, 2018. Click here to learn more and register for this free event!
According to a report from the National Women's Law Center on Suspensions for Girls of Color by School District, Black girls are five times as likely as white girls to get suspended in schools across the country. The same report indicated that for Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools, Girls of Color account for a full 91% of school suspensions when they are only 69% of girls enrolled. Recently the Washington Post covered this issue in the District of Columbia, noting that "these punishments interrupt girls’ educations while sending dangerous messages to the school community: how a girl looks is more important than what she thinks, and girls are ultimately responsible for the misbehavior of boys.” Read the full article here.
The National Women's Law Center "has worked for more than 40 years to protect and promote equality and opportunity for women and families." The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. remains to committed to gender equity and advocacy on behalf of Black women and girls.
According to the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality's recent study, Black girls are perceived as a more mature than other groups and as a result are treated negatively both within and beyond the community. Researchers found that since the period of enslavement, Black girls are seen as sexually mature as young as age 5 and as a result are perceived as morally loose and in some cases, as "aggressive and unscrupulous," leading to negative social and policy outcomes. You can read the entirety of the study, "Girlhood Interrupted: The Erasure of Black Girls Childhoods" by clicking here.
The Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality works with policymakers, researchers, practitioners, and advocates to develop effective policies and practices that alleviate poverty and inequality in the United States. The Center's areas of anti-poverty work include national, state, and local policy and program recommendations that help marginalized girls, promote effective workforce and education policies and programs for disconnected youth, and develop policy to combat deep poverty.
The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. -- Queen City Metropolitan Chapter is committed to advocacy on behalf of black women and girls.