History of Latinas in the US

Congratulations to Judge Sotomayor – another woman making history!

NWHM members have contacted us requesting that we do more research on the history of Latinas in this country. We just brought an intern onto our staff for the summer who will focus on just that. We are also looking for an expert in the field of U.S. Latina history to oversee the project and help develop a CyberExhibit. So get in touch with us if you know of someone who can help put this together.

2 Responses to “History of Latinas in the US”

  1. Anaida Colon-Muniz says:

    This is very exciting, as Latina women in US history are never found in our history books! For example, I have been working on the development of the Mendez v. Westminster (1946-7) archive at Chapman University, Orange, CA. Felicitas Mendez ( a Puerto Rican woman married to a Mexican American man, Gonzalo Mendez) played a critical role in this historic case, which desegregated schools in California 8 years before Brown v. Board of Ed. With Earl Warren as governor of California at the time, the case was a precursor to his pivotal role as Supreme Court Justice in the Brown case, as was Thurgood Marshall, who wrote an amicus brief for Mendez.

    Then, there is Antonia Pantoja, who founded ASPIRA of America and a number of other important agencies to help lift Puerto Ricans living in New York City out of poverty from the 1960s (or perhaps earlier).

    We never hear about these or other Latina women outside of our own cultural circles, and yet they have contributed to the fabric of this nation in important ways. So, I am thrilled that you are pursuing this initiative and will forward names of women who may be interested in this type of position.

    Best regards for continued success,
    Anaida Colon-Muniz

  2. Minerva Garcia says:

    I would be very interested in learning how we can contribute to this effort as I too would like to learn more about how to contribute to the fabric of American history since Mexicans were here before this country became the United States of America in the Southwest. Also, am very interested in that Native women of different tribes contribute as well. We cannot forget them please.

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