Over the past 50 years, powerful legal and policy changes—together with evolving public attitudes—have greatly advanced the rights of women and of racial, caste, and ethnic groups. Still, we know that discrimination based on gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, and indigenous or migrant status persists in application of the law, in cultural practices, and in the routines of everyday life.
Race, gender, and ethnic identity are deeply connected—often inextricably so—and efforts to address them must be rooted in this understanding. As demographic shifts and the global flows of people, information, and ideas challenge entrenched norms and break down boundaries, we have opportunities to build on those connections to bridge the gap between formal equality under the law and the reality of inequality in people’s daily lives.
What we are working on
Our two strategies connect with others across the foundation.