The St. Mary’s University Women’s Studies Program and the University of Texas-San Antonio are sponsoring a panel presentation on Latinas in politics Monday on the UTSA campus.

The presentation will focus on the recent release of the book “Politicas: Latina Public Officials in Texas” (University of Texas Press, 2008). The book’s five co-authors will address various aspects of the first Latinas elected to public office in Texas.

The event will be March 31 from 6-8 p.m. in the Durango Building Southwest, Room DB 1.124. It is free and open to the public. The event corresponds with the designation of March as Women’s History Month.

The panel will include the five co-authors, Sonia R. Garcia, Valerie Martinez-Ebbers, Irasema Coronado, Sharon Navarro, and Patricia Jaramillo. Some of the Latinas interviewed for the book will also be in attendance, including Maria Berriozabal, Chief Justice Alma Lopez of the Fourth Court of Appeals, Laredo Mayor Betty Flores, State Senator Leticia Van De Putte and District Judge Mary Roman. Other Latina public officials have been invited.

A book signing and reception will follow the panel.

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