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Edwina Barvosa & Michelle P. Baca

In: Gender and Women's Leadership: A Reference Handbook

Chapter 63: Women's Leadership in the Development of Latina/o Studies

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Women's Leadership in the Development of Latina/o Studies
Women's leadership in the development of Latina/o studies

Latina/o Studies programs have existed in American universities for roughly 40 years. Departments first emerged in the late 1960s when students agitated for diversification of the mainstream curriculum as part of civil rights struggles for women, blacks, Latinos, Native Americans, and other marginalized groups. Yet Latina intellectual leadership in creating what is today the scholarly field of Latino Studies has a long and venerable history that extends back to the mid-19th century, when Latina creative writers first voiced their intellectual ...

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