We are pleased to offer the second post in our new series, Mujeres Talk: Mujeres & Migration. In this entry, Gloria González-López reflects on the unique social contexts and circumstances surrounding Mexican immigrant’s women journeys.
“Compañera, tenga cuidado, what you are suggesting has the risk of dividing our immigrant communities and families.”
The above comment is my paraphrase of the concerned voice of a highly committed community activist, a Mexican man I met more than a decade ago as I completed my doctoral studies in Los Angeles. Back then I was trying to engage in a conversation with him and other activist men about my ongoing research with immigrant women. In these dialogues, I was sharing information about my dissertation project and the ways in which these women were teaching me about their unique experiences of migration to the United States. More and more, this was becoming crystal clear to me: Mexican immigrant women experience their immigration journeys in very particular ways, very differently when compared to men migrating from their same locations and regions, including the men in their families.
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