What's missing in today's history books, especially in the Southwest? Quite a lot actually. Today's social studies textbooks reflect the standards each state has adopted and in many cases, when it comes to learning about people who have sacrificed their lives or changed the way we live here in United States, there are groups of people who are missing. Even in 2019, more than 50 years after the Civil Rights Movement, there are only minimal standards acknowledging the contributions of people of color. In Texas, women are marginally covered with the standards, and women of color even less so. In elementary grades, only five Hispanic women are included within the standards, most of them being in 4th grade Texas history. Only two are a part of the middle school state curriculum, both in 7th grade Texas history. In high school, Dolores Huerta and Sonia Sotomayor are the only Hispanic female individuals judged worthy to be included although the Las Madre's e la Plaza de Mayo, a group of Argentinian women are included in the world history standards.
This collection seeks to provoke thinking about the lives, contributions and sacrifices of Hispanic women in American history.
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