Lecture Description

“ . . . women are capable of everything and anything,” declared Puerto Rican labor radical Luisa Capetillo, in Mi opinión sobre las libertades, derechos y deberes de la mujer. Published in 1911, this manifesto articulated a radical vision that promoted republican motherhood alongside free love and proletarian revolution. Less bold, a teenage Guatemalan feminist, Rosa Rodríguez López (aka Luisa Moreno) stressed the importance of education across class: “Feminism will make her become Conscious. . ., and. . .by obtaining an adequate education, she will be prepared [for].. . a much more ambitious future.” At the turn of the twentieth-century, Luisa Capetillo emerged as a passionate leader in Puerto Rico’s labor movement and later extended her reach into the Caribbean and the United States. During the 1930s and 40s, Luisa Moreno, the first Latina to hold national office in a major CIO union, organized food processing workers, as well as the first U.S. Latino civil rights conference. Though they never met, their legacies as labor leaders and feminist intellectuals intersect in multiple ways, especially in terms of their unwavering commitment to a radical labor politics. Their feminist writings reveal women’s transnational circuits of knowledge that extended across generations.


Latino Latina Women

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