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Moraga, Cherríe

  • By: Barbara E. LeSavoy
  • In: Encyclopedia of Motherhood
  • Edited by: Andrea O'Reilly
  • Subject:Sociology of Gender, Parenting, Maternal Health

Cherríe Moraga, Chicana playwright, poet, essayist, and lesbian activist, is one of three children of an Anglo father and a Mexican American mother. Born in Whittier, California on September 25, 1952, Moraga earned a Bachelor of Arts in English (1974) at Immaculate Heart College, Los Angeles, and a Masters of Arts in Literature (1980) at California State University, San Francisco. In 2007, Moraga was awarded the United States Artist Rockefeller Fellowship for Literature, and in 2008, a Yaddo Artist Residency Fellowship. Moraga's groundbreaking prose has advanced knowledge on the intersections of race, sexuality, and nationality, with lesbian and Chicana feminism providing a focal lens for her work.

Best known as coeditor of the anthology This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color (1981), ...

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