The Gender and Multicultural Leadership Project
Principal Investigators (L to R): Pei-te Lien, Carol Hardy-Fanta, Christine Marie Sierra, and Dianne M. Pinderhughes.
The Gender and Multicultural Leadership Project (GMCL) is a national study of America’s political leadership in the 21st century, with a focus on race, ethnicity, and gender. The project specifically addresses African American, Latina/o, Native American, and Asian American elected officials in U.S. politics.
Project goals include: to provide baseline data on multicultural leadership in the 21st century; provide comparisons within/across groups by race/ethnicity and gender; identify prospects for coalition and/or competition; examine empirically the category of “women of color”; and expand scholarship, especially in the area of intersectionality and political representation.
Key components of the GMCL Project include a national database of more than 10,000 elected officials of color, by race and gender; an annotated bibliography and analytical framework on the intersection of gender, race/ethnicity, class; and an interactive project website.