Tate’s work concerns the impact of Blacks in U.S. politics. As a numerical minority, how can they affect social change and achieve social and economic progress? What political strategies should they adopt—insider or outsider ones? Are Black opinions still significantly to the political left of other social groups in the U.S.? How do Black lawmakers shape and contribute to the policymaking process? Recently, Tate has shifted her focus to the study of women in U.S. politics. Do women share a common outlook and vision in U.S. politics? Do stereotypes about women still exist, and how do these stereotypes impact their politics? Finally, are women lawmakers still somewhat different from men in government, or have they adapted to copy the leadership and legislative style of men as they have advanced politically?