Older Women Expanding The Legacy Of Black History|SPECIAL COMMENTARY

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    BY EDNAKANE-WILLIAMS
    Black History Month celebrates the perseverance of a determined people. Each year we’re reminded of how African Americans have survived, overcome and excelled despite major obstacles, challenges and injustices.

    Black women have always figured prominently in African-American progress, from education to entrepreneurship to activism. As strong pillars of their families and communities, African-American mothers often sacrificed their own advancement to make sure their children got a good education for a chance at a better future.

    Women take pride in caring for others – children, spouses, loved ones as they age – often at their own expense. They readily forgo time, money, health and career opportunities to secure the well-being of family and friends. And like Black women before them, they meet these challenges courageously, head on.

    AARP recognizes and supports Black women and their commitment to family. The association wants to raise awareness about its available resources to help women appreciate themselves more by improving their earning potential through education and planning for their future.

    Research shows women are at greater risk of having insufficient financial resources in the second half of life due to lower earnings and work patterns that often differ dramatically from most men – like taking time off to raise children, caring for family members, working in part-time positions or in jobs without significant benefits.

    Today, access to education has improved exponentially and young Black women are earning undergraduate and graduate degrees in numbers unimaginable half-a-century ago.

    However, hard-working older Black women with basic educations, limited incomes and benefits, also dream of achieving new levels of financial stability and success, but can’t afford advanced

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