Chicanas in Charge: Texas Women in the Electoral Arena / Edition 1

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No state has a greater density of Chicano community leaders and politicians than does Texas. This study examines the lives and politics of a distinguished group of Chicana women who have risen to positions of power. The authors profile women who serve in various public capacities—federal judges, candidates for Lieutenant Governor, a statewide chair of a political party, and members of school boards and city and county governments. The diverse careers of these women offer rare glimpses of the kinds of struggles they face, both as women and as members of the Chicano community. Chicans in Charge will be of great value to those interested in gender studies, political science, local government, public policy, oral history, biography, and Chicano studies.

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Editorial Reviews

Irasema Coronado
This book is a beautiful tribute to twenty-five Chicana activists from different eras and epochs who have made a difference, made history, and changed the world. It is a powerful celebration of their accomplishments, joys, and sorrows as they made strides in political and social arenas. This book is about women leaders who could be our mothers, aunts, sisters, and cousins. From these life stories, the authors respectfully culled the deepest private and public emotions that these women endured as they fought against discrimination and injustices. A must-read for anyone interested in the power of women, politics, and social change.
Armando Navarro
With today's rapid ascendancy of Mexicanas/Chicanas and Latinas as major leaders in both interest group and electoral politics, Chicanas in Charge represents a very important contribution to the study of political leadership within Chicano/Latino politics. This unique book documents the leadership contributions of twenty-five Chicanas who, from 1964 to the present, were outstanding leaders in the myriad struggles for change that impacted both their respective communities and the Texas political arena...It affirms the vital and indispensable leadership role Chicanas played then and continue to play today as 'policy change agents.'"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780759105614
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 5/28/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 290
  • Sales rank: 1,273,691
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

José Angel Gutiérrez is professor of political science and founder of the Center for Mexican American Studies at the University of Texas at Arlington. Michelle Meléndez is community services director at St. Joseph Community Health in Albuquerque. Sonia Adriana Noyola is an AP/dual-credit government teacher at Moody High School in Corpus Christi, Texas.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Adelitas: The Warrior Trail Blazers Chapter 2 Olga Ramos Peña Chapter 3 Anita N. Martínez Chapter 4 Virginia Muzquiz Chapter 5 Alicia Chacón Chapter 6 Rosa Tijerina and María Escobar Part 7 The Chicano Movement Activists Chapter 8 Alma Canales Chapter 9 Linda Reyna Yáñez Chapter 10 Irma Mireles Chapter 11 Severita Lara Chapter 12 Maria Jiménez Part 13 Puentes Y Lazos: The Hispanic Connectors Chapter 14 Hilda Tagle Chapter 15 Elvira Reyna Chapter 16 Leticia San Miguel Van De Putte Chapter 17 Socorro "Coco" Medina Chapter 18 María Antonietta Berriozabal Chapter 19 Trini Gámez Part 20 21st Century Entorchas/ Torchbearers Chapter 21 Norma Chávez Chapter 22 Diana Flores Chapter 23 Gloria De León Chapter 24 Lena Lavario Chapter 25 Elfida Márquez Gutiérrez Chapter 26 Rose Herrera Chapter 27 Norma Villarreal Ramírez Chapter 28 Guadalupe "Lupe" Valdez

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