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.
For more information on the project and findings from the survey, please contact Principal Investigator Carol Hardy-Fanta.
This project was funded by a generous grant from the Ford Foundation.
Learn more about the GMCL Project
Gender and Multicultural Leadership:
The Future of Governance
To what extent have women and men of color achieved representation in Congress, statewide offices, state legislatures, and local governments?
Gender, Race, and Descriptive Representation in the United States: Findings from the Gender and Multicultural Leadership Project (Journal of Women, Politics & Policy, Vol. 28, 3/4 (2006))
Are there distinctive paths to political office for black, Latina and Asian women in comparison to their male counterparts?
A New Look at Paths to Political Office: Moving Women of Color from the Margins to the Center.
Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy
University of Massachusetts Boston
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