Jatia D. Wrighten
Bachelor of Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2006
Master of Arts, University of Maryland, College Park, 2011
Who Runs the World? An Examination of Black Women and Leadership in State Legislatures
Friday, April 3, 2020, 10:00 am- 12:00pm
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Robert McGrath, Chair
In 2020, black women continue to occupy a unique position in American politics, and their status is still widely misunderstood and undetermined. Many scholars have researched black women and their political behavior, but few have assessed how institutions impede or facilitate their influence within democratic legislatures. This research seeks to answer this question: Do black women attain leadership at different rates than other groups, and if so, why? I forward an innovative concept called the Heavy Lifter Theory that identifies the connection between black women, their communities, and the U.S. Labor Market to explain the differences between black men and black women, the role of intersectionality, and the role of race in leadership attainment. Using a logistical regression, I found that ideology, intersectionality, race, and gender are all statistically significant with regards to chamber-level leadership.
A copy of this doctoral dissertation proposal is available for examination from Shannon Williams, Schar School of Policy and Government. Please contact her at email@example.com if you would like to view it or if you have any other questions.
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