Mexican American Women and Social Change: The Founding of the Community Service Organization in Los Angeles, An Oral History
AuthorApodaca, Linda M.
AffiliationCalifornia State University, Stanislaus, Ethnic and Women's Studies Department
KeywordsWomen in community organization -- California -- Los Angeles
Los Angeles Community Service Organization
Hispanic American women -- California -- Los Angeles -- Social conditions
Community leadership -- California -- Los Angeles
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AbstractThe Community Service Organization, a grassroots social service agency that originated in Los Angeles in the late 1940s, is generally identified by its male leadership. Research conducted for the present oral history, however, indicates that Mexican American women were essential to the founding of the organization, as well as to its success during the forty-six years it was in operation. This paper is a history of the founding of the CSO based on interviews with eleven Mexican American women and one Mexican American man, all of whom were founding members.
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