But in times of turmoil, about 87 percent of Black women — much more than any other group — say they turn to their faith to get through.
Georgetown law student Melanie Habwe Dickson was waiting to make her first argument in front of a judge. She calmed her nerves by pulling out her cellphone and finding an excerpt from her weekly Bible study group. God had spoken thought Dickson, 25.
Clearly, according to the poll, the majority of white women are also believers. But cultural influences probably account for the racial gap, said Cheryl Townsend Gilkes, a professor of sociology and African American studies at Colby College in Maine.
Other survey findings include:
Regardless of their brand of faith, many Black women are taking their religion out of the institutional halls of worship and into living rooms and basements, where they gather to socialize, pray and share their issues with like-minded sisters. They are also using technology to host weekly prayer conference calls, in which they discuss their problems concerning money, relationships and family.