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Pathways to Political Leadership for Women of Color

Pathways to Political Leadership for Women of Color

A Research Partnership between the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy and the Women's Pipeline for Change


Did you know that since 1972, fewer than 120 women of color have run for elected office in Massachusetts?

Through these webpages, you will get to know five women of color active in politics in Massachusetts who became community researchers for one year to identify barriers, opportunities, and resources for women of color to run for office or serve in other public leadership positions.

The five Women’s Pipeline for Change research fellows carried out studies that address some of today’s most pressing questions about the political leadership of women of color.

The result of an innovative research partnership between the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy and the Women’s Pipeline for Change, these webpages were designed to offer resources to help women of color advance to public leadership in Massachusetts.

What you will find on these pages:

  • Key lessons about challenges and opportunities for women of color interested in politics and public leadership
  • Inspiring personal stories from women of color leaders
  • Suggestions for charting your own path to a public leadership position
  • Recommendations for expanding or improving available political resources
  • Ideas for promoting diversity among elected officials


For more information about the project, please contact:
Christa Kelleher, PhD

Research Director
McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies
University of Massachusetts Boston
100 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125-3393
Phone: 617.287.5530
Fax: 617.287.5566

Women’s Pipeline for Change and