Comprised of 160 State Representatives and 40 State Senators, the bicameral Massachusetts Legislature serves all residents and communities of the Commonwealth yet there has been limited racial, ethnic, and gender diversity reflected in the membership of the legislature for most of its existence. While Massachusetts has a substantial and rapidly growing Asian American population, there has historically been very limited representation by Asian American women in the Massachusetts Legislature, as documented by the Asian American Commission of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts1, yet 2011 represented a turning point. This brief focuses on the narratives of five Asian American women who have served or are currently serving in the Massachusetts House of Representatives.
Mai, Katie; Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy, University of Massachusetts Boston; and Institute for Asian American Studies, University of Massachusetts Boston, "On the Rise: Asian American Women Elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives" (2022). Publications from the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy. 65.