Highlights of African-American Women: Our Science, Her Magic include:
Independent and self-made
The African-American woman’s independent mindset is present in her growing confidence, self-awareness and rising income. Black women are not only redefining what it means to be a woman for themselves, but are at the vanguard of changing gender roles and unlimited possibilities for American women of all ages and races.
- 64% of Black women agree their goal is to make it to the top of their profession (95% higher than non-Hispanic White women).
- 58% agree that they don’t mind giving up their personal time for work (20% higher than
- non-Hispanic White women).
- 14% of Black women have annual incomes of $50,000 or higher (up from 9% in 2005).
- Ages 35–49 have the highest income within the black female cohort.
- For Black millennial women (18–34), 81% have never been married, up from 71% in 2005.
- With an average household size of 2.47, 29% of total Black American households contain a married couple.
Social media and technology
Black women have embraced the social media movement #BlackGirlMagic, a term that describes a cross-platform gathering of empowered Black women who uplift each other and shine a light on the impressive accomplishments of Black women throughout the country. Especially adept at using technology and social media to trade opinions and offer recommendations, Black women (18+), more than any other demographic group, have taken social media and adopted it for higher purposes. Whether they are buying cars, jewelry, smartphones or beauty products, the advice, referrals and feedback they receive from friends
and community play an important role in Black women’s purchases.
- 43% of Black women say they like to share their opinions about products and services by posting
- reviews and ratings online.
- 47% agree that people often come to them for advice before making a purchase.
- Black Women over-index by 29% for spending 3–4 hours each day on social networking sites and by
- 86% for spending 5 or more hours each day on social networking sites.
Trendsetting consumerism and consumption
Projecting a positive image is a sign of Black women’s aspirations and growing empowerment. Part of what makes them trendsetters is their desire for change.
- 62% of Black women agree that they enjoy wandering a store looking for new, interesting products
- (10% higher than non-Hispanic White women).
- 68% agree they seek out variety in their everyday life (27% higher than non-Hispanic White women).
Projecting a positive self-image
Projecting a positive image is a sign of Black women’s aspirations and growing empowerment. And a big part of that is being healthy, inside and out.
- 82% of Black women agree it is important to be well-groomed.
- 74% of Black women agree that they eat right.
- 68% of Black women agree they are content with their appearance.
Shaking things up, naturally
Going natural, or forgoing chemical treatments to straighten their hair, is another way Black women may choose to safeguard their health and environment, while embracing their curly hair as it grows naturally.
- 60% of Black women agree they buy natural products because they are concerned about the environment.
- 63% buy natural, citing concerns about their health and that of their family.
- 46% of Black women agree they often use natural or organic beauty products.
- 68% of Black women agree they are content with their self-image.
Black women (18+) spend more time watching live TV, listening to the radio and using multimedia devices than total U.S. women. Empire on FOX was the most watched show during the 2016–2017 broadcast season among Black women 18+, followed by The New Edition Story (BET), Star (FOX), The Have and the Have Nots (OWN) and Love and Hip Hop Atlanta (VH-1)—rounding out the top 5 shows.
Black women have joined the global movement toward ecological sustainability and see saving the planet through the lens of guaranteeing clean air, water and most importantly safety for their own families and communities.
- 74% of Black women agree global warming is a serious threat (7% higher than non-Hispanic White women).
- 55% agree a company’s environmental record is important in their purchasing decisions (13% higher than non-Hispanic White women).
- 59% of Black women agree they are willing to pay more for a product that is environmentally safe.