Women’s Pipeline for Change Research Fellow
About this Project
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 in English and Spanish videos hereas well as in the summary and presentation included below.
About Martina Cruz
Martina Cruz grew up in the Dominican Republic where she began volunteering for social and economic justice efforts as a teen. Her work in the community as a Girl Scouts troop leader and a church youth leader revealed to her the change that can happen when people are empowered. Continue reading about Martina Cruz...
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Submissions from 2013
Martina Cruz's Community in Lawrence, Massachusetts, Martina Cruz and Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy, University of Massachusetts Boston
Pathways to Political Leadership Fellow: Martina Cruz [Photos], Martina Cruz and Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy, University of Massachusetts Boston