Chicago Latina Trailblazers: Testimonios of Political Activism (Latinos in Chicago and Midwest) (Paperback)

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Chicago Latina Trailblazers: Testimonios of Political Activism (Latinos in Chicago and Midwest) By Rita D. Hernández (Editor), Leticia Villarreal Sosa (Editor), Elena R. Gutiérrez (Editor), Ana Castillo (Contributions by), Maria B. Cerda (Contributions by), Carmen Chico (Contributions by), Aracelis Flecha Figueroa (Contributions by), Aida Luz Maisonet Giachello (Contributions by), Mary Gonzales (Contributions by), Ada Nivia López (Contributions by), Emma Lozano (Contributions by), Virginia Martinez (Contributions by), Carmen Mendoza (Contributions by), Elena Mulcahy (Contributions by), Guadalupe Reyes (Contributions by), Luz Maria B. Solis (Contributions by), Carmen Velasquez (Contributions by) Cover Image
By Rita D. Hernández (Editor), Leticia Villarreal Sosa (Editor), Elena R. Gutiérrez (Editor), Ana Castillo (Contributions by), Maria B. Cerda (Contributions by), Carmen Chico (Contributions by), Aracelis Flecha Figueroa (Contributions by), Aida Luz Maisonet Giachello (Contributions by), Mary Gonzales (Contributions by), Ada Nivia López (Contributions by), Emma Lozano (Contributions by), Virginia Martinez (Contributions by), Carmen Mendoza (Contributions by), Elena Mulcahy (Contributions by), Guadalupe Reyes (Contributions by), Luz Maria B. Solis (Contributions by), Carmen Velasquez (Contributions by)
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Mexican American and Puerto Rican women have long taken up the challenge to improve the lives of Chicagoans in the city’s Latino/a/x communities. Rita D. Hernández, Leticia Villarreal Sosa, and Elena R. Gutiérrez present testimonies by Latina leaders who blazed new trails and shaped Latina Chicago history from the 1960s through today.

Taking a do-it-all attitude, these women advanced agendas, built institutions, forged alliances, and created essential resources that Latino/a/x communities lacked. Time and again, they found themselves the first Latina to hold their post or part of the first Latino/a/x institution of its kind. Just as often, early grassroots efforts to address issues affecting themselves, their families, and their neighborhoods grew into larger endeavors. Their experiences ranged from public schools to healthcare to politics to broadcast media, and each woman’s story shows how her work changed countless lives and still reverberates across the entire city.

An eyewitness view of an unknown history, Chicago Latina Trailblazers reveals the vision and passion that fueled a group of women in the vanguard of reform.

Contributors: Ana Castillo, Maria B. Cerda, Carmen Chico, Aracelis Flecha Figueroa, Aida Luz Maisonet Giachello, Mary Gonzales, Ada Nivia López, Emma Lozano, Virginia Martinez, Carmen Mendoza, Elena Mulcahy, Guadalupe Reyes, Luz Maria B. Solis, and Carmen Velasquez

About the Author


Rita D. Hernández is a former instructor of education and human development at Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi. Leticia Villarreal Sosa is the associate dean for research and faculty development and a professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Elena R. Gutiérrez is an associate professor in the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies and the Department of Latin American and Latino Studies at the University of Illinois Chicago.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780252088162
ISBN-10: 0252088166
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publication Date: September 10th, 2024
Pages: 368
Language: English
Series: Latinos in Chicago and Midwest