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Leadership Supports and Barriers for Black and Latinx Girls
Girls Leadership has conducted groundbreaking new research on personal, societal, and structural factors that deeply impact Black and Latinx girls’ leadership identity, aspiration, and skill development.
With girls of color making up over 50% of the U.S. girl population1, it is imperative that research focusing on the experiences of girls and girl-serving organizations shift its lens to one that is intersectional and centers the needs of girls of color. Our research study seeks to fill this gap in the research by examining factors that drive both leadership cultivation and opportunities for Black and Latinx girls.
1Girl Scouts (2017)
Black and Latinx girls are more likely to identify as leaders, and have leadership aspirations and skills than White, Asian, or Multiethnic girls. Black and Latinx girls are also more likely to seek leadership opportunities.
Black and Latinx girls were significantly more likely than their White, Asian, and Multiethnic peers to have parents who identify as leaders, see themselves reflected in leadership, and have mentors.
Both internal and external factors, such as fears of ridicule, gender inequality, racism, and teacher bias, serve as barriers to Black and Latinx girls seeing themselves as leaders and being able to engage in different forms of leadership.
of Black parents, and 60% of Latinx parents identify as leaders—the highest of all racial and ethnic parent groups
of Black girls self-identify as leaders—the highest of all racial and ethnic groups
1 in 2
Black girls said that they have experienced unfair treatment because of their race from teachers and administrators
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