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Table 2 Life Context of Black and White women at Cohort Enrollment: Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation, 1996–1997 [34]

From: Disparities in Reproductive Aging and Midlife Health between Black and White women: The Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation (SWAN)

Life Context Black Women
(n = 916)
White Women
(n = 1533)
Socio-economic
  College Degree 32.5% 53.3%
  Financial Straina 46.2% 32.0%
  Employed 79.1% 85.3%
  Childhood Socioeconomic 40.7% 14.6%
 Disadvantage b   
Family Structure
 Currently Married 47.3% 71.5%
 Have Children 91.0% 75.8%
Lifestyle
 Current Smoker 24.1% 16.6%
 Passive Smoke Exposure (> = 5 person-hours/week) 39.4% 29.1%
  1. aSomewhat or very difficult to pay for basics such as food, shelter or heat
  2. bSWAN Childhood Context ancillary study n = 506 Black and 603 White women[32]