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The KUT Longhorn Radio Network Presents: Mexican American Experience Collection

Audio recordings including interviews, music, and informational programs related to the Mexican American community and their concerns in the series "The Mexican American Experience" and "A esta hora conversamos" from the Longhorn Radio Network, 1976-1982.

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A Minority Within A Minority: Women In The Chicano Movement
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Women's Issues
Richard Goodman
Richard Goodman
Nov 5, 1976

A Minority Within A Minority: Women in the Chicano movement

Host Richard Goodman discusses the role of Chicanas in Chicano Culture and society. He begins with a brief discussion of the role of women during Pre-Colombian times, and the gender parity, which characterized Aztec society. During the conquest, however, the role of women changed as the conquistadors introduced Spanish gender norms that only valued women as child bearers. He then discusses the various ways women participated during the Independence Movement, serving as soldiers, financiers and in other roles.

After the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, the U.S. incorporated vast areas of Mexico, and Chicanas found themselves constrained by Anglo cultural norms. However, they continued their active participation in politics, especially around the turn of the century and into the 1920s, when they helped organize Mutual Aid Societies and defend civil rights.

In the post World War II era, widespread discrimination and political repression limited political activism, but Chicanas continued to work and organize, especially in agribusiness and the garment industry. In the 1960s, women became more involved and more visible in the Chicano movement. Their activities coalesced and became more organized in the 1970s, as they narrowed down the issues and injustices that most affected Chicanas: including childcare, rape and education. Goodman concludes that they have continued to positively affect society through their participation in local politics and their work in schools and women’s organizations


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