Message from the Executive Director
Welcome to our website - recently updated with a fresh look, new features and more information.
Please take some time to look at all we are doing. You will see the work of thousands of African American women devoted to improving the lives of women of African descent. And, at the same time, you will see the legacy of the millions of African American women who came before us.
I am sure there are moments in your life - as there are in mine - when you feel the presence of the sisters who went before us. Our lives have advanced, often in ways we now take for granted, because of the courage, faith and optimism of women like Dr. Dorothy I. Height, who was present at the 1964 signing of the Civil Rights Act.
Our rich past sustains us - and our combined determination helps us to take on the challenges that we face today. There is still so much more to be done to open the door of opportunity for those we love and all African American women.
We must overcome bigotry and racism. We must ensure that we care for ourselves as we care for others. We need good knowledge and support for each other as we protect our health, our finances and our communities. We must be able to reach out to help those less fortunate than ourselves - in the United States and in Africa.
Statistics tell a grim tale of truth:
- In 2001, 25% of African American women lived in poverty compared to 9% of White women and 12% of the total population.
- Death rates from heart disease are more than 40% higher for African Americans than for Whites, and the death rate for all cancers is 30% higher for African Americans than for Whites.
- In 2002, 18% of African American women earned a bachelor's degree or more compared to 27% of White women age 25 and over.
- In 2001, the percent of families that made $75,000 or more was twice as high for Whites, at 35% compared to 16% for African Americans.
There is still much to be done!
If you are not already a member, please join today. And, if you are, consider making an additional donation to help support our work at a greater level.
We can - we have - we must come together and stand strong to advance our rights and opportunities. And that is why the National Council of Negro Women remains a vibrant, critically important organization in our society today.