The Gendered and Racialized Afterlives of the Mexican Revolution in the Progressive Era

Solicited by the Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. Endorsed by Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600–2000.

Type: Roundtable Discussion

Tags: Borderlands; Latino/a; Women's History


This roundtable explores how the economic modernization of the American Southwest and Mexico differently affected women who lived on the U.S.-Mexico divide during the Progressive Era. From anarchist organizing strategies to middle-class educational and social reform, these scholars argue that women’s crucial work in the promotion of labor, racial, and gender equity reveals a feminism guided by lived experiences.

Session Participants

Chair and Panelist: Sonia Hernandez, Texas A&M University
Sonia Hernández specializes in the intersections of gender and labor in the U.S.-Mexican Borderlands. She is currently an Associate Professor of History at Texas A&M University. She has published in Spanish and English; her book, Working Women into the Borderlands (Texas A&M University Press, 2014) received the Sara A. Whaley Book Prize (National Women’s Studies Association) and the Liz Carpenter Award (Texas State Historical Association) among two other awards. A Spanish translation of this book was recently published as Mujeres, tabajo y región fronteriza by the Inst. Nac. De las Revoluciones en México [INEHRM] in 2017. Hernández has recently finished a book entitled, Transnational Feminisms and the Mexican Borderlands: Caritina Piña and Radical Labor Activism (under contract with the University of Illinois Press). Supported by a Fulbright grant, she is currently working on a book project that re-examines the 1901 Gregorio Cortez incident from a gendered, transnational, and bi-national archival perspective. She is a founding member of Refusing To Forget and collaborated with this team on the award-winning museum exhibit “Life & Death on the Border, 1910-1920” & other projects to raise awareness of anti-Mexican violence (RTF earned the Autry Public History Prize in 2017 awarded by the WHA and the Herbert Feiss Award in 2019 sponsored by the AHA).

Panelist: Philis M. Barragán Goetz, Texas A&M University at San Antonio
Philis M. Barragán Goetz received her Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. She is an Assistant Professor of History at Texas A&M University-San Antonio, where she teaches classes in Mexican American history, women's history, Texas history, and United States social and cultural history. She is also Texas A&M San Antonio's community liaison to the San Antonio African American Community Archive and Museum, and a co-coordinator for the Women and Gender Studies program. Her book, Reading, Writing, and Revolution: Escuelitas and the Emergence of a Mexican American Identity in Texas, will be published by the University of Texas Press in April 2020.

Panelist: Gabriela Gonzalez, University of Texas at San Antonio
Gabriela González is an associate professor of history at the University of Texas at San Antonio where she teaches courses on the US-Mexico borderlands, Latinx history, women’s history and historical methods. She is the author of Redeeming La Raza: Transborder Modernity, Race, Respectability, and Rights published by Oxford University Press in July 2018. The book was a finalist for the 2019 Weber-Clements Book Prize for Best Non-Fiction Book on Southwestern America, sponsored by the Clements Center for Southwest Studies and the Western History Association. Redeeming La Raza was also the recipient of the 2019 Texas State Historical Association Coral Horton Tullis Memorial Prize for Best Book in Texas History and the Liz Carpenter Award for Best Book on the History of Women; the 2019 Webb County Heritage Foundation Jim Parish Award for Documentation and Publication of Local and Regional History; the 2019 Tejano Genealogy Society of Austin Clotilde P. Garcia Tejano Book Prize Award; and in March will be awarded the 2020 NACCS--Tejas Foco Nonfiction Book Award.
Dr. González is currently working on a political biography of Texas civil and human rights activist, Jovita Idar.

Panelist: Elizabeth Garner Masarik, State University of New York College at Brockport
Elizabeth Garner Masarik is a historian of women, gender, and the early American welfare state. She is a producer of DIG: A History Podcast and recently received her PhD from the University at Buffalo. She is also a curriculum development professional at the University at Buffalo in the Office of Academic Affairs.