Women & Activism in the Westside

​​This exhibit was launched on August 26, 2020, to mark the one hundredth anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which legalized women’s right to vote. As this exhibit grows, we continue to gather and share the stories of women activists in the Westside. Women who march and rally for social change. Women who fight against racism and injustice. Women who serve their communities through organizing church tamaladas, circulating petitions and speaking out at city council meetings. Women who lead school PTAs and share their homes with families displaced by flooded neighborhoods. Women who celebrate their cultural identity and challenge male-dominated industries. Politicians, neighborhood activists, educators, labor leaders, journalists, writers, musicians and visual artists. Women who intentionally work toward the change they wish to see and act on what they believe. Women who are remembered by their daughters and granddaughters, and women who are vital members of la comunidad del Westside.  

Explore these stories of women activists in the Westside.

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Josephine Mancha

Librarian and lifetime PTA member

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Beatrice Gallego

Community activist and COPS President

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María R. L. de Hernández

Radio Announcer and Civil Rights activist

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Romana Ramos

Midwife and Businesswoman

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Beatriz Escalona

Pioneer of Mexicana women in theater

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Carolina Malpica Munguía

Community and education activist

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Emma Tenayuca

Social justice, labor and education activist

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Jovita Idár

Teacher, journalist and political activist

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Sebastiana Ramirez Rodríguez

Community and church activist

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Lydia Mendoza

Pioneer Tejana Recording Artist

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Carmen Tafolla

Author, Speaker, Performance Artist

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Nickie Valdez

Social Justice Activist for the LGBTQ and Catholic Community

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Anita Janet Cortez

Pioneer of Mexicana women in music

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Beatriz Llamas

Pioneer of Mexicana women in music

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Cecilia Sánchez Moreno

Neighborhood and education activist

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Eva Garza

Pioneer of Mexicana women in theater

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María Antonietta Berriozábal

Community, environment, and housing activist

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Mary Agnes Rodríguez

Mixed Media Artist and Social Justice Activist

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Manuela Solís Sager

Labor organizer and social justice activist

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Olivia Sánchez Zamarripa

Social justice, labor, and political activist

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Arcadia Hernández López

Bilingual Education Pioneer

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Blanca Rosa Rodríguez

Pioneer of Mexicana women in music

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Emilia Sánchez

Community activist, "Kelly Katie"

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Isabel Casillas Sánchez

Neighborhood and Education Activist

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Rita Vidaurri

Pioneer of Mexicana women in music