The Women’s Pipeline for Change has defined several initiatives to build, understand, and support progressive women of color leaders:

STRATEGIC RESEARCH on the Public and Political Leadership of Women of Color The Participatory Action Research Fellowship for Women of Color Leaders was developed to understand the experiences of progressive women of color in different stages of the political pipeline in order to better support present and future leadership. Five extraordinary women of color leaders participated in the first class of Research Fellows in 2011-2012 and their research results can be found in the Pathways to Political Leadership for Women of Color website.

The Historical Inventory of Women of Color in Public Leadership in Massachusetts project is developing a database about the 90+ women of color who have been elected to office across the Commonwealth since 1971. In late summer 2015, our partner Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy at UMass Boston will release a report highlighting their valuable contributions and the key leadership roles they have played in our communities.

A ONE STOP RESOURCE CLEARINGHOUSE for Women of Color Leaders serves as an access point for individuals entering and moving up the political pipeline.

  • View our Leadership Development Model for Women of Color Leaders and explore the resources available in Massachusetts
  • Contact us to arrange a visit or presentation to your organization or to suggest resources to be added to our directory


A SUPPORTIVE COMMUNITY for women of color leaders to provide opportunities for intentional networking and exchange of information and resources in a safe and honest environment for leadership development, mentoring and coaching.

  • Developing New Leaders: Building from Within for Transformational Change.
    In order to support women of color entering public, one of the first and most essential bridges we must build is between the community organizing sector and the civic and political arena. In 2014, we piloted a leadership development project that intentionally creates space for community organizers to obtain a deeper understanding of institutional and systemic structures and the implications for their lives. Through a series of 8 intensive full-day sessions of training and discussions over a period of 8 months, participants gained a holistic set of political and analytical skills and developed strategies for addressing obstacles. Building from strength, 7 of the Pipeline’s key organizational members [Asian-America Women’s Political Initiative (AAWPI), Chinese Progressive Association (CPA), Centro Presente, MassVOTE, Neighbor to Neighbor (N2N), Neighbors United for a Better East Boston (NUBE), and Student Immigration Movement (SIM)], all active in the organizing and civic arena, recruited a cohort of 15 women who successfully completed this program in April of 2015.
  • Public Leadership Internship
    This internship provides participants with our leadership development program with the next level of real, hands-on experience by exposing them to a wide range of public leadership opportunities. These include shadowing the work of women leaders and particularly women of color, gaining an understanding of how political decisions are made, learning about effective advocacy strategies to be leaders in their communities, as well as hands-on learning of how to organize, advocate, and become a leader from the ground-up.


A CONTINUOUS COMMUNITY CAMPAIGN that seeks to intentionally support community leadership and democratic decision-making in a campaign, while building ownership and a cohort of new leaders who are pursuing a vision for their community collaboratively.

The IDENTIFICATION OF POLICY CHANGES needed to ensure that systemic barriers are eliminated to level the playing field for all candidates and encourage full representation of women, people of color and low-income communities.

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