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Mexican American Women's National Association

MEXICAN AMERICAN WOMEN'S NATIONAL ASSOCIATION

MEXICAN AMERICAN WOMEN'S NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, a Hispanic women's advocacy group, renamed MANA, a national Latina organization. The group, whose mission statement calls for the empowerment of Latinas through leadership development, community service, and advocacy, was the largest pan-Latina organization in the United States in 2000, with membership exceeding two thousand in more than a dozen local chapters. Founded in 1974 with the aim of educational and economic advancement for Mexican American women, MANA runs leadership-training programs and stresses the importance of Latinas playing an active role in their communities. In 1994 it changed its name to better correspond with the diversity of its membership and broadened its mission to include all Latinas.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

de la Garza, Rodolpho O., Frank D. Bean, Charles M. Bonjean, Ricardo Romo, and Rodolfo Alvarez. The Mexican American Experience: An Interdisciplinary Anthology. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1985.

Garcia, Alma M., and Mario T. Garcia, eds. Chicana Feminist Thought: The Basic Historical Writings. New York: Routledge, 1997.

Eli MosesDiner

See alsoHispanic Americans .

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