Chicanas in Charge: Texas Women in the Public Arena

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Rowman Altamira, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages
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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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Virginia Muzquiz did NOT admire Castro -- much to the contrary. She had spent many
nights listening to "Cuba Libre" radio shows emanating out of Miami late at night -- hardly a Castro fan club. What
she DID love was travel. One of her unfulfilled desires was to go out of the country -- anywhere out of the country -- to see something new, and THAT is why she was saddened that the opportunity to be sent to Cuba was denied her.
-- I am her daughter Elda.
 

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Contents

Olga Ramos Pefia
17
Anita N Martinez
27
Virginia Muzquiz
35
Alicia Chacon
47
Rosa Tijerina and Maria Escobar
57
THE CHICANO MOVEMENT ACTIVISTS
73
Alma Canales
77
Linda Reyna Yanez
85
Maria Antonietta Berriozabal
169
Trini Gamez
182
TWENTYFIRSTCENTURY ENTORCHASTORCHBEARERS
191
Norma Chavez
195
Diana Flores
204
Gloria De Leon
214
Lena Levario
220
Elfida Marquez Gutierrez
230

Irma Mireles
94
Rosie Castro
106
Severita Lara
113
Maria Jimenez
123
PUENTES Y LAZOS THE HISPANIC CONNECTORS
133
Hilda Tagle
137
Elvira Reyna
144
Leticia San Miguel Van de Putte
149
Socorro Coco Medina
162
Rosa Herrera
236
Norma Villarreal Ramirez
247
Guadalupe Lupe Valdez
254
List of Interviews by Name Location and Date
261
Library References
263
References
265
About the Authors
271
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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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