Yet the specific role of women leaders within these movements has been largely overlooked. How have women leaders shaped the struggles of these popular movements? Internally, does female leadership yield qualitatively distinct decisions about movement governance and strategy? And externally, does the gender of leaders shape interactions with government and the success of demands?
The research project, born out of a collaboration between Macalester College Political Science/Latin American Studies Professor Paul Dosh and student Nicole Kligerman ’10, intends to answer these questions to explore the changing role of women within the political sphere. Our research will primarily be conducted in La Paz/El Alto, Bolivia and Quito, Ecuador.