My Olson Zaltman colleague Jessica Ames and I were honored to visit the White House in November to participate in a conference on “Advancing Equity for Women & Girls of Color: A Research Agenda for the Next Decade.”
The White House Council on Women and Girls and the Anna Julia Cooper Center at Wake Forest University invited us because of our recent ZMET research focusing on how high school senior girls of color imagine their futures. An executive summary of our report is available here: Fearless in the Face of Fear: The Journey of the High School Senior Girl of Color.
We will make the full final report available in early 2016.
We interviewed high school senior girls across the country for this study; the sample was comprised of African Americans, Latinas, Asian Americans, Native Americans, and girls who identified as biracial. Despite their demographic and geographic differences, we found that these girls share many life experiences and view their world through a similar unconscious mental frame: The Hero’s Journey.