AAPF is the nation’s leading gender and racial equity think tank.  As part of our overarching commitment to fighting for gender and racial equity in the domestic and international contexts we prepare and publish multiple reports yearly.  As a public service we provide many of our reports to the public for free on this site.  For a sampling of our most recent reports browse this page often.  

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"Did You Know? The Plight of Black Girls and Women in America" by AAPF

The state of Black girls and women in the United States is dire – and often overlooked. To spread awareness of the economic, educational and social obstacles Black women face, we put together a list of facts about Black girls and women.



"Black Male Exceptionalism? The Problems and Potential of Black Male-Focused Interventions" by Paul Butler (Georgetown)

From the Fall 2013 Edition of the Du Bois Review



"A Primer on Intersectionality" by AAPF

"A Primer on Intersectionality" explains what intersectionality is, including its critical role in work for human rights and development, and suggests some different ways in which gender equality advocates can use it.



"Focus on Affirmative Action" by AAPF

"Focus on Affirmative Action" is a special publication from AAPF presenting concise, easy to follow assessments of 13 prevalent myths about affirmative action.



"Race, Gender, and the School-to-Prison Pipeline: Expanding Our Discussion to Black Girls" by Monique W. Morris (AAPF)

This paper argues that the “pipeline” metaphor fails to capture and respond to the set of conditions affecting Black girls today, building upon AAPF’s long articulated stance that an intersectional analysis is the key tool needed to reveal the causal and correlative factors that contribute to Black girls and women’s continuing vulnerabilities inside and outside of our immediate communities.  By pulling together a substantive body of literature, author Monique Morris articulates what we have all long known: The current “crisis” in Black communities is one faced by our boys and our girls.



"Confined in California: Women and Girls of Color in Custody" co-authored by Monique Morris, Stephanie Bush-Baskette, and Kimberlé Crenshaw 

This paper sheds light upon the increasing rates of criminalization and incarceration of Black and Latina women in California over the last decade.  The Report presents statistics on adult and juvenile females of color, highlighting the connection between race, gender, and criminalization in California.  Significant statistical trends in criminalization are highlighted, revealing racialized and gendered vulnerabilities that, when compounded, create a pipeline to incarceration to which girls and women of color are specially vulnerable.



"The Learning Circle Toolkit" by AAPF

This toolkit is the result of a collaborative project undertaken by the African American Policy Forum, generously funded by the Public Welfare Foundation.  We gathered together a group of scholars, activists, community leaders, and students who were actively involved in combating systemic racial and gender injustice at both the community and national level, with special focus on the over incarceration of girls and women of color in the United States.  Our collaborators came from diverse backgrounds and brought a wealth of experiences with them to our Learning Circles.