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 22: Women as Leaders in the Latina/o Movement
Linda Kay Mancillas
Women as leaders in the latina/o movement Latinas and Latinos are mestiza/o , or a mixed people. In the United States, this population combines a mixture of indigenous heritage from pre-Columbian times, European ancestry from the Spanish invasion of the Americas, and African roots from the enslaved people taken to the Americas. 1 This segment of the U.S. population has linkage to more than 20 countries and is rich in diversity and complexity (Martinez, 1995, p. 1019). Differences among these people include class, socialization, location, and ethnicity. In this chapter, to simplify terminology, Latina/o, Chicana/o, and Hispanic 2 will be used interchangeably to refer to people who can trace their ancestry to Spanish-speaking countries. Currently, the Latino population is the largest minority group in the United States and accounts for more than half of the overall population growth in the nation. In 2008 the U.S. Census Bureau estimated that of ...