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Feminist Studies: Home

This guide is designed for all researchers, beginning and advanced. It is a starting point for all aspects of women's, feminist, and gender studies research. FEMINIST STUDIES 182 and 280A students are especially encouraged to start here.

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Welcome to the library research guide for FEMINIST STUDIES. Use the tabs above to find both print and electronic resources pertaining to women's, feminist, and gender issues across the disciplines as well as techniques for conducting research.

This guide is also intended to be the best starting point for FEMINIST STUDIES 182: FEMINIST METHODOLOGIES, where students are trained in interdisciplinary feminist methodologies.

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What is Hispanic Heritage Month?

Hispanic American, as well as, other terms such as Latino/Latina, are umbrella terms, meaning that they represent a wide variety of people and nationalities embedded in one term. It is used broadly to include the descendants of people that migrate to the United States from the Americas, e.g. Cuban, Puerto Rican, Mexican, Brazilian, Salvadoreans, etc. The most recent term, Latinx, not only refers to ethnicity but also to gender identity.


Armijo MEChA Mural"Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.

The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period."

Text Source: National Hispanic Heritage Month Website

Photo CreditArmijo MEChA Mural. Politec acrylic mural on the wall of Armijo High School's administration building, Fairfield, CA. Panel features a pyramid of values before a globe, and lowriders on the left side.


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