Defend democracy in the South.

Percent of the total U.S. African-American population living in the 13 Southern states: 52.6

Of the 10 states in which Black women make up the largest proportion of the female population, number in the South: 8

Percent of the population that is Black and female in Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi, respectively: 16.3, 16.9, 20

Number of members of those states' congressional delegations who are Black women: 0

Of the 12 states in which Black women are overrepresented in the legislature compared to their Black female population, number in the South: 0

Of the 13 Southern states, number that have in place voter ID laws, which disproportionately disadvantage Black women: 11

Ratio of anti-union right-to-work laws in the South compared to the rest of the country: 2:1

Percent less that non-unionized Black women earn than unionized Black women in the South: 34.5 

Rank of Louisiana among the states with the largest gap in earnings between Black women and white men: 1

Percent of white men's earnings that Black women make there: 46.3

Median annual income of Black women in Louisiana and Mississippi, where earnings for Black women are the nation's lowest: $25,000

Rank of the South among U.S. regions in breast cancer prevalence among Black women: 1

Rank of the South in diabetes prevalence among Black women: 1

Of the 10 states where the largest proportion of the female population is Black, number that have not expanded Medicaid: 7

Of those seven states, number in the South: 7

(Click on figure to go source. All of these numbers are from "The Status of Black Women in the United States," a collaborative report by the Institute for Women's Policy Research and the National Domestic Worker's Alliance.)

Rebekah Barber


Rebekah is a research associate at the Institute for Southern Studies and writer for Facing South.

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