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Latino/a Mobility in California History

Genevieve Carpio, Javier Cienfuegos, Ivonne Gonzalez, Karen Lazcano, Katherine Lee Berry, Joshua Mandell, Christofer Rodelo, Alfonso Toro, Authors

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In choosing the topic of migrant women workers in agriculture, I hoped to learn more about ways through which they have mobility available to them. I thought that my research would reveal how working in agriculture migrant women access to mobility through the granting of permission in search of labor. My initial findings all demonstrated a common theme between violence and abuse as agents of fear which in turn limit any chances to mobility access that migrant women could have. 

As I learned about the ways through which women have been abused and exploited as workers, I thought about the ways through which mobility denied to these women is both gendered and political. My sources served as affirmation to my claim. I think that scholarship regarding this topic is shifting to concentrate on modern narratives, which is not necessarily a bad or good thing. It is important to keep in mind that in failing to provide historical context, erasure of the narratives of previous victims through history. Tying in historical context with modern narratives allows the authors and agents behind the sites to provide a stronger call for action to fix present injustices that are still around from the past.

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