This toolkit is the result of a collaborative project undertaken by the AAPF, funded by the Public Welfare Foundation. 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.
Confined in California: Women and Girls of Color in Custody. 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.
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.
"Focus on Affirmative Action" is a special publication from AAPF presenting concise, easy to follow assessments of 13 prevalent myths about affirmative action.
"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.
The problems and potential of Black Male-focused Interventions" by Paul Butler from the Fall 2013 Edition of the Du Bois Review
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.
This groundbreaking report explores the disproportionate impact of school push out factors and overly punitive discipline policies on Black girls and other girls of school. The report looks at 2011-2012 data from the Department of Education which reveals that the relative risk for disciplinary action is higher for Black girls when compared to white girls than it is for Black boys when compared to white boys.