Building Our Communities: Women of Color Workshops in Political Science
By Jessica L. Lavariega Monforti, California Lutheran University, and Melissa R. Michelson, Menlo College
Significant numbers of women of color major in political science as undergraduates, but they persistently are less likely than other subgroups to complete graduate degrees, obtain doctorates, find faculty positions, and successfully advance through promotion and tenure. The number of job candidates from underrepresented backgrounds is much smaller than the number of white non-Latinx candidates (Jackson and Super 2018). Women of color face barriers including lack of sponsorship and mentorship, financial resources, and significant familial responsibilities in their pursuit of higher education and subsequent careers in political science—one of the most male- and Anglo-dominated fields of study in the social sciences.