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TRiO Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program
Welcome to the Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program
Nancy Natalie Munoz Ruiz was born in Walla Walla, Washington. Her parents are from Guadalajara Jalisco, Mexico, and came to the United Sates in 1988 in search for a better life for themselves and their families. Throughout the years Nancy has witnessed her parents struggles because they did not have an education, and they have inspired her to search for a higher education.
Nancy grew up in a small community where little help was given to the Chicana/o or Latina/o community, especially in the public schools. Her parents did not approve of education given in the public schools because of its poor quality, and was placed in a private Catholic School for the remainder of her education. She experienced several racist and sexist situations that only fueled her to try harder and succeed.
Nancy is currently a junior at Eastern Washington University and has declared her major in the Sociology and Women's and Gender Studies departments. Over the past few years she has become greatly interested in one day assisting juvenile delinquents, at risk children, or abused children.
Summer 2012 McNair Internship Faculty Research Mentor: Dr. Jessica Willis, EWU Women's and Gender Studies
Abstract: Psychological Impact of the "Dutiful Daughter Role" within the Mexican American Community From a Feminist Perspective
Munoz, Nancy (Jessica Willis), Women's and Gender Studies, Eastern Washington University, Washington
This paper focuses on first generation women who have a Mexican descent background and who were born/ grew up in the United States. Throughout this research I utilize the term Latina/o, because the authors I have selected as part of my literature review utilize this terminology. Mexican American and Latina young women often face obstacles to pursuing higher education for fear that they will be abandoning their gender roles responsibilities, primary as daughters, mothers, and caregivers. This study analyzes how Mexican American and Latina women try to balance their academic and home life while attending college/university, and simultaneously preserving their "good daughter" of "good mother" image. The article presents interpretive customs collected through feminist and non-feminist theoretical frameworks. It specifically centers on investigating how cultural gender norms contribute to Mexican American women's pursuit and achievement within a higher education, as it is linked to the development of individuality, autonomy and self sufficiency. Marianismo, machismo, familismo and respeto were identified as major factors contributing to their negotiations of gender roles. Lastly, this article suggests that if Mexican American and Latina women gain the support and encouragement that they need from their families and by administrative faculty, their college or university experience may be more successful.