Saving Our Girls

Why We Must Save Our Girls

The Final Call's Starla Muhammad on facing and overcoming the challenges facing Black girls

by #teamEBONY, April 10, 2015

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Saving Our Girls

The Final Call

There is a commonly repeated narrative that while Black men and boys are under attack in America and are in desperate need of intervention and assistance, Black women and girls are fine and in most instances, excel above and beyond their male counterparts and even thrive in key areas.

But a critical analysis of data along with the stories and voices of Black women, teens and girls show the reality of continued struggles and challenges faced daily—often with limited or no support. Black females attempt to navigate in and through a society that views them through the lenses of White supremacy, Black inferiority and sexism. Despite the success and prominence of Black women like Oprah Winfrey, Beyoncé, Shonda Rhimes, Serena Williams, First Lady Michelle Obama and less well-known sisters like 4-Star Admiral Michelle Howard, the Navy’s second highest ranking officer and the highest ranking Black woman ever in any branch of the U.S. military, the road Black women and girls travel for acceptance and validation is an uphill one.







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