Race and Gender Below the Mason-Dixon: The Status of Women of Color in the South

While women of color in the South have seen gains in educational attainment, business ownership, and voter turnout, they also face disproportionately high poverty rates and lower earnings than men or white women.  What can be done to speed up the pace of progress for women of color in the South? What unique intersectional challenges does this population face and how can we advance policies that meet their needs?

The Institute for Women’s Policy Research first ever Status of Women in the South report is the first report to provide a comprehensive portrait of the status of women, particularly the status of women of color, in the southern United States. The report grades each state on how they are doing in six different issue areas related to women’s economic, political, health, and social status.

This webinar will feature IWPR President Heidi Hartmann and Postdoctoral Fellow Chandra Childers, who will give an overview of the most pressing challenges facing women of color in the South. The conversation will focus on advancing the political and economic power of women of color in the South, including millennial women, older women, immigrant women, rural women, LGBT women, and women with disabilities.

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Heidi Hartmann
President, Institute for Women's Policy Research


Chandra Childers
Post Doctoral Fellow, Institute for Women's Policy Research


Charmaine Davis
Chapter Director, 9 to 5 Georgia


Jaribu Hill
Founder, The Mississippi Workers Center for Human Rights


Gina Brown Medical Case Manager, NO/AIDS Taskforce


MODERATED BY Janine Jackson
Program Director, FAIR

What You Can Do To Help

Building the Capacity to Create Change

Know the issue. Understand the political environment:

Prepare yourself to be an Advocate:

  • Write, call or email your state's Department of Labor and urge them to adopt and find ways to implement the following policy recommendations from the Institute for Women's Policy Research:
    • Implement concrete methods to enforce the Equal Pay Act.
    • Ask whether your state supports 'Right-to-work' laws (11 of 14 Southern states do), and if so, why? These laws prevent women from their right to unionize and advocate for higher earnings and benefits.

Share Online:

  • Share thoughts and questions using the hashtag #HerDreamDeferred and #WhyWeCantWait.
  • Look to our 2016 social media guide to get ideas for sharing across platforms.
  • Does this topic resonate with you? Share your story with web-based communities on twitter and Facebook and tag AAPF!

Surround Yourself with Resources to Learn and Share: