Peace, Justice, and Human Rights
"Colorado Comadres of the Chicano Movement: Women, Activism, and Motherhood in Pueblo, Colorado"
I chose to study women from my hometown who deserve recognition for their tireless work and care for others. They are the pioneers in my community for gender and cultural empowerment and I hope to uplift their voices with sharing this research with people outside of Pueblo, Colorado.
Most historical accounts of The Chicano Movement, especially those about Southern Colorado, document the movement as having ended in the late 1970s, however el movimiento in Pueblo, Colorado continues on today because Chicana activists have made the movement intergenerational through their motherhood and their community networks of mentorship and compadrazgo. Chicana roles of motherhood, activism, and mentorship are inseparable, simultaneous, and therefore impact one another. Through an analysis of interviews conducted with six prominent Chicana activists from Pueblo and Southern Colorado and some of their children as well as ethnographic details of Pueblo, this thesis aims to reveal an ongoing Chicano Movement sustained by the lives and lessons of Chicana activists.