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acknowledgments
I thank my parents, Germaine and Willard, for supporting me through
trying times. I remember my grandmothers, Pauline, who inspired me
through her persistence and dignity in poverty, and Helen, who inspired
me through laughter, dancing, and a tremendous will to live. Special
thanks are due Barbara Eckstein at the University of Iowa for her unend-
ing support of my project and for encouraging me to conduct interviews
with nonacademic women; Nancy ‘‘Rusty’’ Barceló for mentoring me in
Chicana issues and encouraging me to attend naccs; and Ralph Cintrón
for guiding me to U.S. Mexicanas in Iowa.
Many people in Iowa City provided a combination of personal and
professional support that sustained me. I can’t thank them enough. Mar-
tha Patterson remains my greatest supporter and adviser. Carmen Ábrego
provided friendship y buena comida. Radhika Parameswaran and Kevin
Newsom gave me wonderful Indian meals and relaxing conversation.
The members of the Women against Racism Committee, Radhika, Anne
Donadey, Jodi Byrd, Junko Kabayashi, and Marcia Morris, provided in-
sight and advice. My Iowa City ‘‘family,’’ Katy Stavreva, Doug Anderson,
Kai Lin Wu, Lauren Smith, Jenny Cooley, and Gloria Medina Sancho, at
various times and locations supported a living space that was ‘‘home,’’ that
was fun, and where women’s issues and theoretical and social concerns
were always a topic of discussion.
Numerous others aided my research e√orts. I thank Edmundo Cavazos
for his generosity in driving me to meet the women I interviewed in Iowa
and for sharing his pozole español recipe; Bryce Milligan in San Antonio
for arranging interviews for me in that city during the 1995 Hijas del
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