POWER WIELDED: Latinas and the Quiet Power of Sacrifice
October 15, 2020| 5:30 p.m.
When measured using traditional metrics of power, Latinas fall short. Latinas’ share of the population does not justify such a small locus of power. And when they do wield formal powers, their name is associated with the moniker “first” – from the first Latina senator (Catherine Cortez Masto in 2016) to the first Latina Mayor of Tucson (Regina Romero in 2019). In this talk, political scientist Lisa Sanchez will explore why Latinas are rare in politics as well as the current nature of Latina power in the United States. She will examine how the narrative of self-sacrifice is a quiet power channeled into familial structures to bring about profound societal change.
About the Speaker
Lisa Sanchez is an assistant professor in the School of Government and Public Policy. She uses quantitative methodologies to root out ethno-racial disparities in American politics, understand how disparities are perpetuated through the American political system, and address how they might be mitigated. Recently, she researched the adoption of beneficial immigration policies in U.S. states and examined the relationship between a rising U.S. Latino population and its electoral impacts within the U.S. Congress.
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