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Expanding Education Justice & Opportunity

Black girls are nearly six times more likely to get out-of-school suspension than their white counterparts.

Black Girls need the civil rights protections that allow them to thrive and succeed through public education without the constraints of racism, sexism, ableism, homophobia, and transphobia.

Black girls across the United States are more likely to attend schools that are poorly funded or funded at inequitable rates. Black girls also experience disproportionate rates of school exclusion, school-based arrests, and surveillance. There must be a commitment to enhancing and protecting the civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination and punitive practices in schools, as well as a commitment to redistributing resources to ensure quality education is available to all students, regardless of where they live.

Healing, Well-Being & Reproductive Justice

Young women of color who live in poverty receive mental health treatment at less than one-third the rate of young white women living in poverty.

In 2011, the risk of death from pregnancy complications was nearly three and a half times higher for Black women than for white women.

Black girls, women, and non-binary people need equitable access to health, family building, family planning, and well-being.

Black girls deserve to receive accurate information about sexual and reproductive health in their schools and communities, and they deserve to have autonomy over their bodies and reproduction. Black girls deserve access to culturally affirming mental health support and they deserve to live self-determined lives, which includes access to affordable mental health and physical health care.

Immigration and Racial Justice

Black immigrants make up 7% of the undocumented population, yet they are 20% of the deportations.

Black girls deserve to be free from the fear of family separation through deportation and have full access to basic human rights including health care and education, regardless of immigration status.

Families belong together regardless of their immigration status. Political leaders must commit to providing safety and pathways to opportunity for all people, regardless of their immigration status. Black women and girls who are immigrants are twice as likely to be uninsured. This is particularly harmful for migrants who live in states that have not expanded Medicaid. Black women and girls deserve to have access to quality health care, education, and job opportunities, without fear of prosecution or deportation.

Expanding Democracy for Young People

Black and Latinx voters in at least 23 states will experience stricter voting restrictions in the upcoming election due to the widespread voter suppression that has increased after part of the Voting Rights Act was dismantled.

Black girls need to be able to fully engage in the democratic process.

Black communities, women, and young people face long standing structural barriers to participation in the electoral process. There must be a commitment to fighting voter disenfranchisement, especially for marginalized communities. Young people’s voices should be valued in the political process. Young people should be able to pre-register to vote at age 16, and voting processes should be simple and accessible.

Ending Gender-Based Violence & Building Cultures of Consent

In 2011, 94% of murders of Black women were committed by someone they knew.

Invest in tools that end violence and offer supportive services for transgender, cisgender, and non-binary people in schools, communities, and public spaces.

Black girls deserve to have lives that are unbridled by the fear of sexual or gender-based violence. Government must invest in the programs and organizations that provide healing, emotional support, housing, care, and advocacy for survivors of gender-based violence. Political leaders should value the safety, autonomy, and well-being of girls and women.

Passing a Black Girl Bill of Rights

Black girls deserve to live in a world that values them.

According to Girlhood Interrupted: the Erasure of Black Childhood, a groundbreaking report from Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality, compared to white girls of the same age, people believe:

  • Black girls need less nurturing
  • Black girls need less protection
  • Black girls need to be supported less
  • Black girls need to be comforted less
  • Black girls are more independent
  • Black girls know more about adult topics
  • Black girls know more about sex

Black girls deserve to live in a world that values them. Black girls created the Black Girls Bill of Rights to outline their inalienable rights and privileges that have been historically overlooked.

Black Women’s Blueprint. (n.d.) Child sexual abuse prevention.

Epstein, R., Blake, J., González, T. (2017). Girlhood interrupted: The erasure of Black girls’ childhood. Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality.

Hargrove, S. (2014). What’s hidden in plain sight: A look at child sexual abuse. American Psychological Association.

Morris, M. (2016). Pushout: The criminalization of Black girls in schools. New York: The New Press, Print.

CDC (2019). Cited – Petersen, E., Davis, N., Goodman, D., Cox, S., Mayes, N., Johnston, E., Syverson, C., Seed, K., Shapiro-Mendoza, C., Callaghan W., Barfield, W. (2019). Vital signs: Pregnancy-related deaths, United States, 2011-2015 and strategies for prevention, 13 states 2013-2017. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report 68(18);423–429

Stoltzfus, K. (2016). Q&A with Monique W. Morris: How K-12 schools push out Black girls. Education Week 35(12).

Black Girls Bill of Rights

At the historic Black Girl Movement Conference in 2016, Black girls from across the US gathered to imagine a world that values them and where all girls and women of color could contribute ideas to create a world that they would want to live in. This is their founding document.

Based on the United States Bill of Rights, we’ve created the Black Girls Declaration of Freedom and Humanity. It declares the rights and privileges that Black girls and women deserve in order to thrive in our contemporary society. Created in partnership with Black girls across the country, we will present our bill to the Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls to advance issues and legislation important to the welfare of women and girls of African descent.

Every Black girl deserves:

  • The right to education and information about African and Black history
  • The right to express our blackness however we defines it without judgment
  • The right to be safe and have our physical, emotional, and mental health honored, protected, and nurtured
  • The right to real sex education, contraception, tampons, and pads
  • The right to agency and control over our own bodies in every space
  • The right to justice and reparations
    • in response to harm and sexual assault
    • when police officers murder people of color
  • The right to play and have fun
  • The right to community, sisterhood, and support from other girls
  • The right to BE—exactly who we are, free from stereotypes and insecurity, our full unique selves
The Black Girl Bill of Rights was first presented April 9th, 2016 in New York City during a workshop “Our Declaration of Freedom and Humanity” that was facilitated by Sisters in Strength (Girls for Gender Equity) at Black Girls Movement Conference 2016.
National Alliance to End Sexual violence
Stop Sexual Assault in Schools (SSAIS)
Priceless Incite
Hollaback!
Girls Who Code
Sakhi for South Asian Women
The Free Black Women’s Library
MomsRising
Ms. Foundation for Women
End Rape on Campus
National Crittenton
STARS CGI
The Center for Hope and Healing
Chhaya Community Development Organization
Bella Abzug Leadership Institute, Inc.
AAPI Women Lead
Resilience, formerly Rape Victim Advocates
Matahari Women Workers' Center
Georgetown Law Center on Poverty & Inequality
IMPACT Safety
A Better Balance
MS Black Women's Roundtable
PowerPlay
The Firecracker Foundation
Center for Advancing Innovative Policy
Anti-Violence Project
National Black Women's Justice Institute
National Center for Transgender Equality
FPWA
Row New York
IntegrateNYC Inc.
Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation
Legal Momentum, the Women's Legal Defense and Education Fund
Kuluntu Reproductive Justice Center
#VOTEPROCHOICE
FORGE, Inc.
Resonance Network
Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Day One
Figure Skating in Harlem
The Brotherhood/Sister Sol
Not Without Black Women
Generation Citizen
Mirror Memoirs
#VOTEPROCHOICE
Common Justice
OAASIS - Oregon Abuse Advocates & Survivors in Service
Venus Evans Winters LLC
Youth Over Guns
étnica
Love Your Magic
Ujima Inc.:The National Center on Violence Against Women in the Black Community
Equality North Carolina
Community Voices Heard
Women's Law Project
YWCA St. Paul
#BlackGirlsBrilliance
Washington Area Women's Foundation
Survivors Know/We Believe You Fund
A Long Walk Home
EveryBlackGirl, Inc
Girls Justice League
Gwen's Girls
SOUL Sisters - Miami
The Light House | Black Girl Projects
Young Women's Freedom Center