UMass Boston

Martina Cruz

Martina Cruz

Political Motivations of Women of Color Leaders: Existing Challenges

Women of color who are active in their communities have important qualities, perspectives, and experiences that are necessary in public policy making settings that affect their communities. Yet many women of color who are well-known and respected in their communities do not seek elective office. Martina Cruz explored why this is the case. Based on interviews with ten women active in their communities, Cruz concluded that while the women generally agreed that political leadership is important, they explained that certain conditions would have to be met before they would consider running for office. In their interviews, the women emphasized themes of commu­nity, values, and resources. Cruz examines these themes in more detail below in English and Spanish videos as well as the summary and presentation included to the right.

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Project Summary



Powerpoint Presentation