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Vicki Ruiz Selected as a 2015 National Women's History Month Honoree

Vicki Ruiz, Educator and Pioneer in Latina History, has been named an Honoree for National Women's History Month for 2015. Her achievements will be recognized and celebrated by the National Women's History Project on March 28, 2015 at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles.

Each year, March is designated as National Women's History Month to ensure that the history of American women will be recognized and celebrated in schools, workplaces, and communities throughout the country. The 2015 theme for National Women's History Month, Weaving the Stories of Women's Lives presents the opportunity to weave women's stories – individually and collectively – into the essential fabric our nation's history.

Vicki Ruiz was the first in her family to receive any advanced degree, earning a Ph.D in History at Stanford in 1982. Two months later she showed up for her first teaching position with a baby on her hip and another on the way. Over the course of three decades, Ruiz has been a major force in shaping the field of Chicana history.

In 2012, when she became the first Latina historian inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, for her ...pioneering scholarship and leadership. ...Skillfully blending insights from the history of women, of workers, and from the arena of ethnic studies...she inspired a generation of students and scholars to think seriously about how the examination of one large and complicated ethnic group can help us understand U.S. history writ large."

Over three decades, Dr. Ruiz has published over fifty essays and a dozen books including Cannery Women, Cannery Lives and From Out of the Shadows: Mexican Women in Twentieth- Century America. Her edited collections include Unequal Sisters: An Inclusive Reader in U.S. Women's History and Latinas in the United States: A Historical Encyclopedia. . Ruiz, explains: "I have had the privilege of interviewing people whose quiet courage made a difference in their lives and in their communities."

Dr. Ruiz has contributed to numerous public history projects, including documentaries, museum exhibits, and oral history programs. She is President-elect of the American Historical Association.
The National Women's History Project is proud to honor Dr. Ruiz's scholarship and leadership which has been pivotal in recognizing the importance of women's history as essential to the fabric of our national story.

For more information contact: The National Women's History Project by going to www.nwhp.org or call (707) 636-2888

Posted: November 17, 2014
Tagged: News of the Profession, News of the Organization