¡Chicana Power! Contested Histories of Feminism in the Chicano Movement
Book Signing and Presentation
by Maylei Blackwell
University of California, Los Angeles Assistant Professor
Department of Chicano/a Studies and Women’s Studies
Light Refreshments, Books for Sell & Cultura!
Lunes, March 5th
Cultural Heritage Center 5th Floor
150 East San Fernando Street San Jose, CA 95112
This event is wheelchair accessible. Students with disabilities who need special
accommodations should contact the Wellness & Health Promotion office @924-6280 @ least 2 weeks in advance.
Free Or Paid Parking
- CSJ: Fourth/St. John Garage FREE 6 pm – 10 pm Monday 50 N. Fourth St. (408) 794-1090 Open to public
- CSJ: Fourth/San Fernando Garage $5 after 6 pm 44 S. Fourth St., at San Fernando Street. (408) 279-8782 Open 24 hours
The first book-length study of women’s involvement in the Chicano Movement of the late 1960s and 1970s, !Chicana Power! tells the powerful story of the emergence of Chicana feminism within student and community-based organizations throughout southern California and the Southwest. As Chicanos engaged in widespread protest in their struggle for social justice, civil rights, and self-determination, women in el movimiento became increasingly militant about the gap between the rhetoric of equality and the organizational culture that suppressed women’s leadership and subjected women to chauvinism, discrimination, and sexual harassment. Based on rich oral histories and extensive archival research, Maylei Blackwell analyzes the struggles over gender and sexuality within the Chicano Movement and illustrates how those struggles produced new forms of racial consciousness, gender awareness, and political identities. !Chicana Power! provides a critical genealogy of pioneering Chicana activist and theorist Anna NietoGomez and the Hijas de Cuauhtemoc, one of the first Latina feminist organizations, who together with other Chicana activists forged an autonomous space for women’s political participation and challenged the gendered confines of Chicano nationalism in the movement and in the formation of the field of Chicana studies. She uncovers the multifaceted vision of liberation that continues to reverberate today as contemporary activists, artists, and intellectuals, both grassroots and academic, struggle for, revise, and rework the political legacy of Chicana feminism.
Maylei Blackwell is an Assistant Professor, Department of Chicano/a Studies and Women’s Studies at UCLA. Her teaching and research also explore the possibilities and challenges of women’s transnational organizing around various axes of difference, or across what she calls “geographies of difference.” She works with indigenous women’s organizers in Mexico, Latin American feminist movements, and sexual rights activists, all of who are involved in cross border organizing and community formation. Her most recent research projects with farm worker women and indigenous migrants seek to better understand new forms of grassroots transnationalism. Born in Long Beach, California, professor Blackwell received her B.A. from California State Long Beach and her M.A. and Ph.D. in the History of Consciousness Program at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
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