“After the privations of Depressions and disruptions of war, many people craved the emotional reassurance of early marriage and stable family life” (McArthur et al, pg. 139). The Depression was a time period which affected Americans and Mexicans alike. My grandmother remembers a time when, “jobs were scare,” and the population of 400 of rural El Remolino, Juchipila (her hometown) faced grim results in the agriculture industry.
In line with rural tradition and the oncoming trend of marrying at a younger age, she married at the age of eighteen. At first, her life consisted of caring for her family, household chores and occasionally administering and working at her family’s business, a local convenience store (still in business today). Thin...
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...nist ideals. The Mexican working woman, on the other hand, was less aware of her role as a feminist. To her, feminism meant becoming a vital breadwinner for her family, disenfranchising herself from constricted religious views and independently seeking a better future for her children. The borderland served as the perfect motley in which both kinds of women clashed against any and all views opposing women’s success, serving as the exemplary sector for the rising working-class feminist woman; I’m glad to acknowledge my grandmother was part of this movement as a feminist incognito.
Downs, Fane, and Nancy Baker. Jones. Women and Texas History: Selected Essays. Austin: Texas State Historical Association, 1993. Print.
McArthur, Judith N., and Harold L. Smith. Texas through Women's Eyes: The Twentieth-century Experience. Austin: U of Texas, 2010. Print.
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