Call for Articles
CAMINO REAL. Year 2020. Volume 12. Issue 15
Diversifying the Representation of Latina Women in the United States:
Stories, Identities, Languages, and Cultures
Guest Editor: Luis Javier Pentón Herrera, Ph.D.
Deadline for submissions: September 20th, 2019
Call them Latinas, but you will be using a shortcut word for many different groups of women.
~ Hedda Garza (1994)
Latina women have been part of the history of the United States even before the founding of this nation (Ruiz and Sánchez Korrol 2006). During this time, their stories and exploits have been recorded verbatim and orally, making them an inescapable part of the American mosaic. However, it is interesting to appreciate the limited social, professional, artistic, cultural, and economic spaces that have been allowed to the Latin woman throughout the centuries within the country. Even more interesting, the stereotype of the Latina woman as a (monolingual) Spanish-speaking immigrant individual with little formal education has lasted to the present.
Currently, one in five women in the United States is Latina and, although they are making significant progress in fields such as education, health care, among others, there is still a long way to go to achieve equal opportunities (Gándara 2015). In addition, the wealth of ethnic, racial, cultural, religious, economic, educational, and linguistic diversity within this population produces the need for spaces that illuminate unfamiliar realities and stories about these women in the United States.
In this way, the new issue of Camino Real. Estudios de las Hispanidades Norteamericanas journal (Year 2020. Volume 12. Issue 15) wants to include essays, articles, translations, creative writings, reviews, and interviews that help illuminate the current diversification of Latina women in the United States in all contexts of their lives. Possible non-exhaustive list of topics includes:
- Latinas of minority ethnic groups (Indigenous-Latin, Afro-Latin, among others)
- Successful Latinas entrepreneurs, businesswomen, and leaders
- Expression and identity of Latinas in different contexts (Chicana, Nepantla, among others)
- Cultural, linguistic, social, and personal negotiations of the Latina woman
- Latinas in public service (Latinas in the military, Latinas congresswomen, among others)
- Expressions of sexuality and gender of the Latina woman (lesbian, transsexual, among others)
- The Latina woman in the cinema and other artistic expressions in the United States
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