Why Black Women With Higher Education Can’t Get Ahead In The Work Force
Black women in higher education outnumber every other group as divided by racial and gender specifications. The number of black women with college degrees continues to rise. However, they are having trouble “getting ahead.” The promise of America, and of most civilized, First World countries, is one of education, then advancement. Why is the uniquely not the case for the black woman in America?
– It takes a two income, college educated household to make it these days, and black men are not keeping up with black women.
Just because black women are finding new and unprecedented success in the halls of higher education does not mean that they are finding suitable mates to help them carry the financial load of creating real world advancement. Not that black women are incapable of shouldering the load on their own; no one can shoulder the load on her own, men or women, according to the best minds in statistics and economics.
White women with a college education are almost three times as likely to marry a man with a college education as a black woman is. Although no study connecting the rate of college age marriages and household income between races has been conducted, many experts say that the correlation is far too high to ignore. Black women do not get as far because they are not able to marry husbands that are on their level.
– Black women obtain college degrees in areas that do not pay as much.
Although the total number of black women in college is rising, the amount of women who are setting themselves up for high paying, jet setting jobs in the tech or investment industries is quite slim. Most of the programs that black women are in set them up for government jobs or low paying health care positions. These positions place them firmly in the middle class; however, they never receive the extra money that it would take from an income in order to build wealth beyond a day to day sustenance living situation.
The degrees that prepare people for high paying jobs are still overwhelmingly taken by white males, at least in the United States. In order for black women to catch up to this standard, they would have to redirect their efforts into degrees that are pointed squarely at industries with a better pay scale.