Last year they held close to 16 percent, a significant step up.
As choreographer Fatima Robinson put it: "I love brothers...
But there is such a gap that I think I may not end up with a black man." In 1970 the numbers of black males and females in college (though much smaller than they are now) were essentially equivalent.
These days, few black women are willing to settle for Sula's life.
There is a search not only for recognition but for "models of happiness," in the words of Veronica Chambers, author of a new book called "Having It All." But that quest brings with it a host of questions--some whispered, some loudly (even anxiously) debated.
There is also the powerful drive of the women themselves.