The Black Gender Gap

The latest issue of Newsweek has a feature story on black women. Some of the statistics quoted just confirms what I already knew. More black women than black men are graduating from high school and going on to graduate from college. Specifically, “twenty-five percent of young black males go to college; 35 percent of women do.” Many “black women (24 percent of them, compared with 17 percent of black men) have ascended to the professional-managerial class.” So with black women progressing further than black men, this creates dating challenges. In fact, the more upwardly mobile you are, less likely that you’ll be happily married to a black man. Damn! “According to the 2000 Census, 47 percent of black women in the 30-to-34 age range have never married, compared with 10 percent of white women.” Yikes! Further confirmation that as much as I may want to, I shouldn’t limit my dating options to just black men. I don’t want to be one of the ones left behind. I don’t want to end up alone.

2 Comments
  1. There’s simply not a lot of us period. I rarely run into single professional Black women. Maybe it’s the geeky career I’ve chosen or the fact the I live in airports and hotels, but the fact remains. I don’t see many of us around.

  2. How do the stats for # of black man & women who grad high school and go on to college compare to those of white men & women?

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