While New Orleans rebuilds, African-American women and children see little change. According to the report, a lack of affordable housing options and fewer employment opportunities continue to hold back the progress of Black women in the city. The employment gap between White and Black women is most troubling. In 2008, Black women made 48.6 cents for every dollar made by White women, while Hispanic women made 53.2 cents for every dollar made by White women.
The Institute for Women's Policy Research report was based on statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau.