On January 17th, 1938, Chicana feminist writer and activist Martha Cotera was born in Chihuahua, Mexico. Educated in Texas, Cortera began her career as a librarian in El Paso and quickly became involved with organizing in the Latino community, including the farmworkers movement. She was a pivotal figure in the Raza Unida Party that formed in Texas and she is one of the founders of the Texas Women’s Political Caucus. Cotera also wrote two books, Diosa y Hembra: The History and Heritage of Chicanas in the U.S and The Chicana Feminist, focusing on the history and role of women inside Chicano culture, including activism, and their contributions to and struggles within the US women’s movement of the 1970’s.
For more on Cotera, check out this interview she gave to the University of Michigan about her life as a Chicana feminist on the frontlines on social justice movements.