Chicana Critical Rhetoric Recrafting La Causa in Chicana Movement Discourse, 1970 1979 perlita r. dicochea Democratizing information about the Chicana Feminist Movement has been-- and continues to be--a challenging assignment in women's studies and Chicana/o studies programs. At a mid-1990s National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies (NACCS) conference, a college-age Chicana questioned the near-invisibility of women in the preview showing of the film Chicano! One member of the panel presenting the documentary responded, "Those were traditional times. Women were just not as involved." Two years later, Alma García's momentous anthology, Chicana Feminist Thought: The Basic Historical Writings, was published and is now used in Chicana/o studies courses nationwide. In 1998, Dolores D. Bernal's piece on grassroots Chicana leadership was printed in Frontiers. Each of these events, and others like them, challenges the idea that Chicanas were not as involved in the movement as were men and suggests that those "traditional" times were, in fact, the figment of a patriarchal imaginary.1 Historical evidence provided by Vicki L. Ruiz in From Out of the Shadows and Emma Pérez in The Decolonial Imaginary: Writing Chicanas into History late in the 1990s proved that Mexican and Mexican American women have always
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