Labor and Activism for Latina Feminists

Today we will disuss the readings assigned, paying particular attention to the histories they tell, and how they are related to Latina feminisms. But first, a quick overview of the women whose stories were assigned for today:

Luisa MorenoLuisa Moreno

Her story resembles that of Luisa Capetillo, in that they both traveled far and wide to advocate for labor rights. There is also a direct link between the two, as Moreno was inspired by Capetillo.


Moreno’s story also calls up issues of the labor involved in social reproduction.

She is still revered and celebrated in the different communities she worked with/for.

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So far in our discussion of Latina Legacies, we’ve focused on the importance of the historical contexts that the women whose stories we’re reading were immersed in, and the spaces they traversed in their work and activism. What kinds of histories are new to you? What histories are you interested in learning about further?

For me, it has been interesting to read about the socialist and communist perspectives that some of the profiles elucidate. To further expand our attention to intersectionality, I’d like for us to consider the following poster:

What does red-baiting mean? How does race play a role in the suppression or enhancement of dissent? How do women like Luisa Moreno engage racial politics?


So far we have learned about Puerto Rican independence movements, tobacco and other kinds of labor organizing. The different projects that these women take on are still couched as a Latina feminist extension: Why? What makes their work feminist?  How are the authors applying a Latina feminist lens in telling these women’s stories? 

They also engage in coalition building: What are the different groups that come together in advocacy? What are the different tensions that come up in the process?

The common thread throughout these conversations can be traced back to labor. Whether it is in relation to explicit laboring conditions, or in the personal realm of day to day live, these women worked hard for their communities, as well as for their fellow Latinxs and in solidarity with other marginalized peoples.

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