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The Latina/o Midwest Reader$
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Omar Valerio-Jiménez, Santiago R. Vaquera-Vásquez, and Claire F. Fox

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780252041211

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252041211.001.0001

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Work, Coalition, and Advocacy

Work, Coalition, and Advocacy

Latinas Leading in the Midwest

(p.236) Work, Coalition, and Advocacy
The Latina/o Midwest Reader

Theresa Delgadillo

Janet Weaver

University of Illinois Press

This chapter explores the leadership experiences of Latinas in Wisconsin and Iowa from a variety of occupational and ethnic backgrounds. Drawing on oral histories and archival documents, it places gender at the center of the analysis of twentieth-century migration of women and their families into the Midwest - first from Mexico and Texas and later from Puerto Rico, Cuba, and Central America. Understanding the leadership work of these Latinas in communities, organizations, and homes, as well as their advocacy for civil rights and women’s rights as professional and blue-collar workers, helps reshape and enrich the narrative of the history of the Midwest.

Keywords:   gender, women, leadership, professional organizations, unions, entrepreneurship, race, ethnicity, women’s rights, civil rights, sexism, bilingual education

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