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Chicana feminism

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Chicana feminism is a sociopolitical movement, theory, and praxis that scrutinizes the historical, cultural, spiritual, educational, and economic intersections impacting Chicanas and the Chicana/o community in the United States.[1] Chicana feminism empowers women to challenge institutionalized social norms and regards anyone a feminist who fights for the end of women's oppression in the community.[1][2]

Las Chicanas Poster at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes

Chicana feminism encouraged women to reclaim their existence between and among the Chicano Movement and second-wave feminist movements from the 1960s to the 1970s.[1] Chicana feminists recognized that empowering women would empower the Chicana/o community, yet routinely faced opposition.[1][3] Critical developments in the field, including from Chicana lesbian feminists, expanded limited ideas of the Chicana beyond conventional understandings.[3]

Xicanisma formed as a significant intervention developed by Ana Castillo in 1994 to reinvigorate Chicana feminism and recognize a shift in consciousness that had occurred since the Chicano Movement,[4][5] as an extension and expansion of Chicanismo.[6] It partly inspired the formation of Xicanx identity.[7] Chicana cultural productions, including Chicana art, literature, poetry, music, and film continue to shape Chicana feminism in new directions.[8] Chicana feminism is often placed in conversation with decolonial feminism.[9][10]

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