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.