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Poster corresponding to Gabriela Córdova's research paper, presented at the 2023 STRC Fall Symposium.


Historically, Latina women-led advocacy groups have faced significant underrepresentation within academia, leading to an erasure of their experiences and contributions. For this reason, it is imperative to take on a thorough analysis that respects the nuances of Latina women's advocacy. In recognizing how their identities enable them to bring about meaningful change, we see the Latina woman's role as an agent of advocacy. Therefore, this exploratory research study investigates the incorporation of cultural practices within two Latina-led organizations in Chicago, Amigas Latinas, and Mujeres Latinas En Acción, from the mid-20th century to the present. I employ Anita Tijerina Revilla's Muxerista framework to perform a culturally sensitive textual analysis of oral histories, ephemera, photographs, and other material culture to highlight areas of advocacy that appear instructive for other contemporary social justice causes. In the end, it is within the realm of social justice and reclamation of cultural practices that Latinas oppose systemic discrimination in a civic conscious, inclusive, supportive manner that works to reshape who and what we consider in our conception of advocacy.