Sue Thomas is Senior Research Scientist at the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE) and Director of PIRE-Santa Cruz. Prior to joining PIRE, she served as Associate Professor of Government and Director of Women's Studies at Georgetown University. She received her A.B. and M.Ed. from UCLA, and her Ph.D. from University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Her research specialty is women and politics, and among her publications are How Women Legislate and Women and Elective Office: Past, Present, and Future.Raquel Z. Rivera, Ph.D. is a Researcher at the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, Hunter College. A freelance journalist, her articles have appeared in Vibe, El Diario/La Prensa and El Nuevo Dia, among many other publications. A member of the all-women Puerto Rican/Dominican roots music group, Yaya, Rivera lives in El Barrio, New York City.