Presentation Title

Mexican Immigrant Women Take a Stand: The Lettuce Strike of 1979

Faculty Mentor

Laura McEnaney

Start Date

18-11-2017 9:15 AM

End Date

18-11-2017 9:30 AM

Location

15-1823

Session

Humanities 1

Type of Presentation

Oral Talk

Subject Area

humanities_letters

Abstract

Despite the amount of information about Mexicans in the agricultural workforce, the involvement of women is typically overshadowed.This project involves describing the involvement of Mexican women in the workforce and labor organizing in the agriculture industry and reflecting on how that impacted their relationships at home.The goal is to show that Mexican immigrant women in the agricultural industry were active participants in labor organizing, and it affected the power dynamics in their households because of cultural standards. This has been done by examining the history and involvement of women in the industry and using The Lettuce Strike of 1979 as a case study. Oral history will also serve as a valuable way of recording the involvement of Mexican women. By using a largely untapped source of information, Mexican oral histories will add to the future of this topic. Through showing that Mexican agricultural workers actively participated in the industry, this research will highlight the impact Mexican women have had in the agricultural industry and the road they have paved regarding stereotypical husband and wife roles in conservative Mexican culture.

This document is currently not available here.

Share

COinS
 
Nov 18th, 9:15 AM Nov 18th, 9:30 AM

Mexican Immigrant Women Take a Stand: The Lettuce Strike of 1979

15-1823

Despite the amount of information about Mexicans in the agricultural workforce, the involvement of women is typically overshadowed.This project involves describing the involvement of Mexican women in the workforce and labor organizing in the agriculture industry and reflecting on how that impacted their relationships at home.The goal is to show that Mexican immigrant women in the agricultural industry were active participants in labor organizing, and it affected the power dynamics in their households because of cultural standards. This has been done by examining the history and involvement of women in the industry and using The Lettuce Strike of 1979 as a case study. Oral history will also serve as a valuable way of recording the involvement of Mexican women. By using a largely untapped source of information, Mexican oral histories will add to the future of this topic. Through showing that Mexican agricultural workers actively participated in the industry, this research will highlight the impact Mexican women have had in the agricultural industry and the road they have paved regarding stereotypical husband and wife roles in conservative Mexican culture.