Pub. date: 2010 | Online Pub. Date: October 18, 2010 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412979344 | Print ISBN: 9781412960830 | Online ISBN: 9781412979344| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this handbook
Chapter 63: Women's Leadership in the Development of Latina/o Studies
Edwina Barvosa & Michelle P. Baca
Women's leadership in the development of Latina/o studies Latina/o Studies programs have existed in American universities for roughly 40 years. Departments first emerged in the late 1960s when students agitated for diversification of the mainstream curriculum as part of civil rights struggles for women, blacks, Latinos, Native Americans, and other marginalized groups. Yet Latina intellectual leadership in creating what is today the scholarly field of Latino Studies has a long and venerable history that extends back to the mid-19th century, when Latina creative writers first voiced their intellectual responses to imperialism. By the mid-20th century, these early Latina writings served as the intellectual foundation upon which Latina scholars sought to craft Latino Studies as a new field of inquiry. In developing Latino Studies, Latina scholars in various disciplines have identified and created knowledge on key topics, diversified the disciplinary basis of the field, and worked to make the study of ...