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Crossing Intersections: Race, Gender, and Mobilizing Identities

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Women of color negotiate two very important aspects of
their identity that they must balance in tandem: race and gender. These two identities simultaneously affect the way in which women of color participate in the political arena. Research investigating the intersection of race and gender suggests that racial identity tends to
overshadow gender identity (Burns, Schlozman and Brady 2001; Gay and Tate 1998; Mansbridge and Tate 1992). However, we argue that women of color do not always make distinctions between their race and gender. Instead, they construct arenas in which they can express both identities concurrently. Ideally speaking, the easiest way for women of color to articulate their political voices would be to join pre-established groups such as NOW or NAACP. Yet, we find that some
women of color have developed their own political organizations that specifically engage both identities. We argue that these organizations
are the institutional manifestation of the intersection between race and gender. Hence, we seek to locate the various crosscutting points of race and gender by examining how these organizations represent a race-gender intersection. Using a coding method analyzing mission statements and policy positions, we conclude that these organizations demonstrate the desire to represent a distinct collective identity in the political system and are used as a means for politically articulating their voices.

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Women of Color, Intersectionality, Mobilization
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Masuoka, Natalie. and Scola, Becki. "Crossing Intersections: Race, Gender, and Mobilizing Identities" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Western Political Science Association, Marriott Hotel, Portland, Oregon, Mar 11, 2004 <Not Available>. 2009-05-26 <http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p88255_index.html>

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Masuoka, N. and Scola, B. , 2004-03-11 "Crossing Intersections: Race, Gender, and Mobilizing Identities" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Western Political Science Association, Marriott Hotel, Portland, Oregon Online <.PDF>. 2009-05-26 from http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p88255_index.html

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Abstract: Women of color negotiate two very important aspects of
their identity that they must balance in tandem: race and gender. These two identities simultaneously affect the way in which women of color participate in the political arena. Research investigating the intersection of race and gender suggests that racial identity tends to
overshadow gender identity (Burns, Schlozman and Brady 2001; Gay and Tate 1998; Mansbridge and Tate 1992). However, we argue that women of color do not always make distinctions between their race and gender. Instead, they construct arenas in which they can express both identities concurrently. Ideally speaking, the easiest way for women of color to articulate their political voices would be to join pre-established groups such as NOW or NAACP. Yet, we find that some
women of color have developed their own political organizations that specifically engage both identities. We argue that these organizations
are the institutional manifestation of the intersection between race and gender. Hence, we seek to locate the various crosscutting points of race and gender by examining how these organizations represent a race-gender intersection. Using a coding method analyzing mission statements and policy positions, we conclude that these organizations demonstrate the desire to represent a distinct collective identity in the political system and are used as a means for politically articulating their voices.

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Crossing Intersections: Race Gender and Mobilizing Identities Natalie Masuoka University of California Irvine Becki Scola University of California Irvine Paper prepared for presentation at the 2004 Midwest Political Science Association annual meeting Chicago IL April 14-18 2004. This is a work in progress. Please do not quote or cite without permission of the authors. Introduction In the mid 19th century Sojourner Truth an African American woman spoke at a rally and made the infamous statement “Ain’t I a woman?”
Katherine.1993. From Protest to Politics The New Black Voters in American Elections. New York: Russell Sage Foundation. Valle Victor and Rodolfo Torres. 2000. Latino Metropolis. Minneapolis MN: University of Minnesota Press. Verba Sidney and Norman Nie. 1972. Participation in America. New York: Harper and Row. Verba Sidney Kay Schlozman and Henry Brady. 1995. Voice and Equality: Civic Volunteerism in American Politics. Cambridge Mass.:Harvard University Press. Women of Color Resource Center. Compiled and Ed. 1998. Women of Color Organizations and


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