Political Leadership Among Women of Color

Women of Color Policy Series

Women of color have long been the social and economic engines of their communities, but despite their stewardship in the workforce, business, and in education, their voices are underrepresented in the current political debates the economy—even though these issues have a direct impact on their families and communities.

Moreover, women of color are largely underrepresented in elected positions across the board, comprising just 4.5 percent of the total 535 members of Congress, with similar representation in state legislatures, and even less across statewide offices.

Which begs the questions: What is the political power of women of color? And how can progressives help to cultivate their power?

Please join CAP’s FIRE Initiative and Progress 2050 in our second installment of the Women of Color Policy Series for a riveting discussion on the politicization, power, and pipeline to leadership of women of color.

Welcoming remarks:

Vanessa Cardenas, Director, Progress 2050, Center for American Progress

Featured panelists:

Melanie Campbell, President and CEO, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation

Christine Chen, Executive Director, APIA Vote

Maria Teresa Kumar, President and CEO, Voto Latino

Moderated by:

Aisha Moodie-Mills, Advisor, LGBT Policy & Racial Justice, Center for American Progress


Center for American Progress, 1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor, Washington, DC , 20005

Additional information

A light lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m.