Gender and Multicultural Leadership:
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.
This project is timely given America’s demographic change and
its impact on the country’s leadership ranks. The 2000 U.S. Census
points to an urgent need to understand the role of gender and race/ethnicity
in today’s elected leaders and how this increasingly diversified
leadership is becoming incorporated into the governing structures of
a nation projected to be “majority-minority” within the next
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
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.
Christine Marie Sierra, University
of New Mexico;
Carol Hardy-Fanta, University of Massachusetts Boston;
Dianne M. Pinderhughes,
University of Notre Dame; and
Pei-te Lien, University of California Santa
Research Associate: Lorrie Frasure, University of California, Los
Research Assistants: Paige Ransford,
University of Massachusetts Boston.
This project was funded by a generous grant from the Ford Foundation.
For more information on the project and findings from the survey,
please contact the Principal Investigators.