“I carried double load in the women’s movement—my constituency was Chicanos/Hispanics. In the Chicano movement, my constituency was my Hispanic and Caucasian sisters.”
Trailblazing Latina on television, in politics and religion, fearlessly moving through the complex environment of Chicago and the national arena of the Chicano and Women’s movements of the 1970s. First Latina to run for Congress in Illinois and campaign manager of the first Latina elected in the state, Irene C. Hernandez, Cook County Board of Commissioners. Vice-chair of the National Women’s Political Caucus (NWPC), 1973-1977. Member of the Census Advisory Committee on the Spanish Origin Population for the 1980 U.S. Census. Appointed by President Carter to the Commission for the Observance of International Women’s Year, National Women’s Conference. Founded the Chicago chapter of Mexican American Business and Professional Women Club.
Photo. Linda Garcia Merchant, filmmaker and founder of production company Voces Primeras, is contributing to U.S. History by creating documentary features of U.S. Latina leaders, and her mother, Ruth Mojica-Hammer.