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The Arizona Capitol Museum Presents “Women of Color Leading Arizona”

PHOENIX – The Arizona Capitol Museum is excited to announce a brand-new virtual series, “Women of Color Leading Arizona.” Sponsored by the Arizona Capitol Museum Guild, the series will consist of three events focusing on women of color and the impact they have in leading the state.

“The Arizona Capitol Museum Guild is honored to sponsor Women of Color Leading Arizona. This series will share the often-untold stories of women leaders and their place in Arizona’s history,” said Arizona Capitol Museum Guild President Dora Vasquez.

The series will kick off with a talk by Dr. Christine Marin on Tuesday, April 13 at 6 p.m. Dr. Marin’s segment, “Today and every day, I. Am. Every. Woman: Arizona’s diverse history,” will discuss the state’s rich and vibrant history of women of color from the 1890s to the 1960s. Dr. Marin is an archivist, historian, and founder of the Chicano/a Research Collection and Archives at Arizona State University’s Hayden Library in Tempe, Arizona. She has taught courses on the history of Mexican Americans and Latinas for the ASU History Department, School of Transborder Studies, and Women and Gender Studies program.

“We are so pleased to present this important program recognizing the outstanding contributions of women of color who have shaped their communities and our state,” said Senior Museum Administrator Stephanie Mahan.

The next program in the series takes place on Tuesday, May 11 and features speakers Dr. Yvonne de la Torre Montiel and Dr. Miguel Montiel, co-authors of the upcoming book, World of Our Mothers: Mexican Revolution Era Immigrants. Together they will share the largely forgotten stories of women who immigrated to the U.S. during the era of the 1910 Mexican Revolution. Dr. Yvonne Montiel taught at South Mountain Community College where she co-founded the Dynamic Learning Teacher Education Transfer Program. Dr. Miguel Montiel has co-authored several books pertaining to diversity changes in American universities, as well as community globalization within the United States. The two have been married for fifty years. They co-founded the Resolana Southwest Institute.

The final program in the series occurs on Tuesday, June 15 and will end with Dr. Irasema Coronado and Dr. Lisa Magaña as they present “Women of Color, Power and Politics in Arizona,” which will expand on the influence of women of color in contemporary Arizona politics. Dr. Irasema Coronado is the Director and Professor of the School of Transborder Studies at Arizona State University. She has served on over ten nationally recognized boards and committees and has co-authored three books about the Mexican-American border and Latinas in local government. Dr. Lisa Magaña is a Professor in the School of Transborder Studies at Arizona State University. She specializes in immigration and Latino public policy and has published four books about the topic.

“Women of Color Leading Arizona” is a free online event. To register, please visit: This event is sponsored by the Arizona Capitol Museum Guild.


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