Black women are, on average, six times more likely to be murdered than white women, according to a new report. The rates are even higher depending on where the women live and during what time period. 

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The analysis, conducted by Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, analyzed two decades of homicide trends for women ages 25 to 44. Published in the Lancet on Feb. 7, the study included data from 1999 to 2020.

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Three main findings: 

  • Homicide rates for Black women were notably higher in all 30 states that were analyzed, with the biggest differences occurring in states with the highest racial inequities. 
  • The greatest disparity was in Wisconsin between 2019 and 2020, where Black women were 20 times more likely to be murdered than white women. 
  • Black women were more likely to be killed by gunfire, particularly in the Northeast and Midwest.

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