ERIC Number: ED476006
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Feb
Notable Mexican American Women.
This paper describes the careers of four notable Mexican American women, including their educational and family backgrounds, achievements, and importance as role models for young Hispanic women. Marie Acosta-Colon's political activism began as a college student volunteering for presidential candidate Eugene McCarthy in 1968. Active in political theater groups, she became a prominent advocate for funding for the arts and an experienced arts administrator. She directs the Mexican Museum in San Francisco. The first in her family to attend college, Patricia Diaz Dennis became an expert in labor law. She was the second female and the first Latina to serve on the National Labor Relations Board. As a member of the National Network of Hispanic Women, she advises young Mexican Americans to get an education. Like many Mexican Americans, Stella G. Guerra did not speak English when she started school. She worked as hairdresser to finance her college education. She worked as Air Force Deputy for Equal Opportunity and became Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Territorial and International Affairs. She feels it is important for successful women to mentor young Mexican American women. Gloria Molina's political career started as an administrative assistant to a California assemblyman. She was a director in the Department of Health and Human Services under President Carter and served in the California State Assembly, Los Angeles City Council, and Los Angeles Board of Supervisors. She was co-chair of Bill Clinton's presidential campaign. She is tenacious and speaks out against corrupt politicians. (TD)
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: In: 2001 Monograph Series, Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the National Association of African American Studies, the National Association of Hispanic and Latino Studies, the National Association of Native American Studies, and the International Association of Asian Studies (Houston, TX, February 12-17, 2001).