The national Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR) has outlined specific policy priorities to ensure the educational advancement, economic security, health and wellness, education and global empowerment of women, with a special emphasis on Black women and girls.
See below to learn more about these priorities, BWR initiatives and how you can get involved.
FAQ & Most frequently asked questions and answers about MS-BWR
The MS-BWR is committed to ensuring Black women and girls’ voices and stories are elevated in the public sphere. We believe in providing vehicles to empower, support and showcase Black women’s intergenerational and diverse leadership, expertise and unique perspectives. We believe in building and sustaining power for this group to achieve a higher quality of life for Black women, our families, and communities.
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The Institute for Women’s Policy and Research gave Mississippi an “F” in women’s health and wellbeing. Mississippi women need affordable health care that is easy to access. Women also need accurate information and comprehensive reproductive health services.
One of the biggest reasons that women fail to attend or graduate from a community college is the lack of child care and financial aid. When women get education and training beyond high school, they expand their earnings and their opportunity for economic security. On average, a two-year degree means a 38 percent increase in pay and a four-year degree, 74 percent. We need public policies and educational institutions that help eliminate these barriers or provide better quality programs.
Working moms – especially single moms – need to make enough money to support their families. Women work but earn wages that are too low. Women’s earnings are lower than men’s at every education level and in every occupation. While women make us half of Mississippi’s workforce, they represent 80% of minimum wage workers.
MS-BWR is a nonpartisan organization, but we aggressively promote civic engagement and working to promoting a better quality of life for Black women through both political and non-political processes. We believe that black women are a powerful political force in the United States. In 2008 and 2012, they turned out to vote at higher rates than any other demographic group, resulting in the election of new candidates across this country. Civic engagement – as voters and candidates – by black women is vital in order to not only impact change in our communities but also promote concrete policy changes that are responsive to our needs.
Working mothers – especially women of color – need affordable child care so they can go to work and remain employed. But child care is more expensive than community college tuition and women in Mississippi earn low wages leaving far too many locked in a cycle of poverty.
Women experience domestic violence and sexual assault, and deserve and are owed child support to help with their families’ economic security. We want to see the women receive fair and swift protections and justice. We need a legal system that is easy to navigate, fair and firm and thorough in enforcement.