A book signing and panel discussion on the book “Chicanas in Charge” will be held Sunday, March 25 at St. Mary’s University.

The book, written by St. Mary’s alumnus Jose Angel Gutierrez and other writers, profiles outstanding Latina women. Among those included are State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, Rosie Castro, Hilda Tagle, Irma Miréles, Olga Pena and María Antonietta Berriozábal. Those six women will be on hand at the book signing for a panel discussion. The event is from 3-5 p.m. in the University Center, Conference Room A.

No state has a greater density of Chicano community leaders and politicians than does Texas. This study examines the lives and politics of a distinguished group of Chicana women who have risen to positions of power. The authors profile women who serve in various public capacities – federal judges, political candidates, a statewide chair of a political party, and members of school boards and city and county governments. The diverse careers of these women offer rare glimpses of the kinds of struggles they face, both as women and as members of the Chicano community. “Chicanas in Charge” will be of great value to those interested in gender studies, political science, local government, public policy, oral history, biography, and Chicano studies.

The event is sponsored by the 21st Century Leadership Center and is part of a series of events recognizing March as Women’s History Month.

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