Listening to Black Women and Girls

Lived Experiences of Adultification Bias

By The Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality

May 15, 2019


This report by the Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality shares insights and recommendations garnered from focus groups with black girls and women. The topic? Adultification bias—the perception that black girls are less innocent and more adult-like than their white peers of the same age. This publication follows a 2017 report by the same researchers, called Girlhood Interrupted, that examined the quantitative ramifications of adultification bias. 

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Key Takeaway

Among focus participants, the concept of adultification bias was far from novel

The women and girls who shared their experiences have lent a rich sense of urgency to the work of overcoming stereotypes and adultification bias. They’ve reminded us that we must create and provide systems of support that give black girls the freedom to make mistakes — and grow — in an understanding and nurturing environment.  

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