About the BookMexican American women reached across generations to develop a bridging activism that drew on different methods and ideologies to pursue their goals. Marisela R. Chávez uses a wealth of untapped oral histories to reveal the diverse ways activist Mexican American women in Los Angeles claimed their own voices and space while seeking to leverage power. Chávez tells the stories of the people who honed beliefs and practices before the advent of the Chicano movement and the participants in the movement after its launch in the late 1960s. As she shows, Chicanas across generations challenged societal traditions that at first assumed their place on the sidelines and then assigned them second-class status within political structures built on their work. Fueled by a surging pride in their Mexican heritage and indigenous roots, these activists created spaces for themselves that acknowledged their lives as Mexicans and women.
Vivid and compelling, Chicana Liberation reveals the remarkable range of political beliefs and life experiences behind a new activism and feminism shaped by Mexican American women.
About the AuthorMarisela R. Chávez is a professor of Chicana and Chicano studies at California State University, Dominguez Hills.
“Chicana Liberation fills a gap as the first book-length analysis and comprehensive history of the Comision Femenil Nacional Mexicana. Chávez draws on a rich archive to vividly reconstruct the political activities, personal stories, and ideological positionings of the historical actors who brought Comision Femenil and the Chicana Service Action Center into being.”--Maria Cotera, author of Native Speakers: Ella Deloria, Zora Neale Hurston, Jovita González, and the Poetics of Culture