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Rest in Peace, poeta Angela de Hoyos

Angela de Hoyos, grande dame of Chicano poetry, dies in S.A. By Elaine Ayala Chicana poet Angela de Hoyos, considered the “grande dame of Chicano poetry,” died Thursday in San Antonio. In the 1970s, her poet fueled the Chicano Movement … Read More

Wise Latina t-shirts

We don’t normally post commercials here, but this one is too sweet: Get your Wise Latinas t-shirts from Chicana TV producer Nancy de los Santos and businesswoman Azucena Maldonado at

On Wise Latinas

From the KCET Los Angeles website

The wisest Latina in L.A. County according to my unscientific poll is… Mamá. Aww, isn’t that sweet. A couple of others got about as many votes: Latino civil rights advocate Antonia Hernandez, now head of the California Community Foundation, and L.A. County labor chief Maria Elena Durazo, and L.A. County Supervisor Gloria Molina trailed behind Mama.

There’s a lot of talk about “wise Latinas” in the middle age crowd, Pasadena activist Roberta Martinez tells me, after Judge Sonia Sotomayor defended her comments and apologized that sticking up for wise people like her may have offended some people. Sotomayor looks headed to the marble halls of the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Senate confirmation hearings may be remembered for inserting the “Wise Latina” phrase into the lexicon, alongside “Yo Quiero Taco Bell.” The words are there, maybe devoid of context.

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Adios Women’s Studies – Y.Broyles Gonzalez

Adios Women’s Studies
submitted by Yolanda Broyles-González, University of Arizona
Professor and Head, Women’s Studies Department

I write to announce my departure from the Women’s Studies Department (effective 12/31/2007) and to explain the experiences and concerns that motivate this decision.

I joined the Women’s Studies Department in fall 2004 as part of an effort and hope to build intellectual/racial/cultural diversity. More than ever, I am committed to the responsibility and dream to include underserved constituencies in my teaching, to foster intellectual diversity, and to build bridges between the university and the community. I cannot accomplish these goals and dreams to the best of my abilities if I remain in Women’s Studies.

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