Category Archives: March 2013

Editors Letter

Give voice to what you know to be true, and do not be afraid of being disliked or exiled. I think that’s the hard work of standing up for what you see.
–Eve Ensler

My mother’s generation worked hard to get their voices heard and to shift the expectation of women out of the house and into the workplace. When my generation was told we could be anything we wanted we believed we had arrived. ‘Feminist’ was almost a dirty word- like being a hippy in the disco era- it had served its purpose but was out of touch with what was happening now. Then came Naomi Wolf with her Beauty Myth, Camille Paglia and Susan Faludi’s Backlash and it became clear that while our mothers had come a long way baby, we still had a long way to go. Continue reading Editors Letter

The First Feminist of the Americas

Screen Shot 2016-04-07 at 4.29.31 PMBy Brooke Gazer

The illegitimate daughter of a Creole mother, Juana Inés de Asbaje y Ramírez was born in 1648 on a farm in central Mexico. By the age of three she had taught herself to read and frequently hid in the hacienda chapel engaging in an activity forbidden to girls, reading her grandfather’s books. She had an insatiable appetite for learning and devoured most of the available books before she was sent to live with relatives in Mexico City. Continue reading The First Feminist of the Americas

Influential Women Writers: 1660 to Today

By Carole Reedy

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”  Maya Angelou

It’s simply not possible list all the women writers who have influenced us over the past few centuries. Today we focus on five from different genres who will stand out in the annals of history (or already do), not only for what they’ve accomplished through the written word, but for the hours of sublime entertainment they’ve given us. Continue reading Influential Women Writers: 1660 to Today

Casa de la Mujer: Benefiting Indigenous Oaxacan Women for 35 Years

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By Alvin Starkman, M.A., J.D.

Casa de la mujer is arguably the most important resource available to young, bright indigenous women who might otherwise not realize their full potential as contributing members of Oaxacan society. The charity’s reach extends throughout all eight regions of the state. Its mission is to contribute to the transformation of a more just and equitable society respecting women’s rights. Continue reading Casa de la Mujer: Benefiting Indigenous Oaxacan Women for 35 Years

Sneak Preview: 
March 2013 Met Opera Transmissions and 2013-14 Speculation

By Carole Reedy

As we near the end of the 2012-2013 season of Met opera transmissions, this month brings the monumental Wagnerian Parsifal and the Met’s lush production of Zandonai’s rarely seen Francesca da Rimini. On April 27, Handel’s Julio Cesar closes the season. Continue reading Sneak Preview: 
March 2013 Met Opera Transmissions and 2013-14 Speculation

Las Poderosas

By Julie Etra and Jane Bauer

Maria Asuncion 
Arumburuzabala is the wealthiest
 woman in Mexico. She is the
granddaughter of Don Felix
 Arumburuzabala, founder of
 Grupo Modelo, the brewing
company that produces Corona
 which is distributed in more than 
180 countries worldwide. She is
 considered one of the most 
influential Mexican women in the
 economic sector, serves on the
 Boards of several Mexican
 corporations, and also has a stake
in Grupo Televisa. She was the
 first woman to serve on the
 Mexican Stock Exchange (2003-2006) and as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the German company Siemens, Mexican division (2003 to 2006). Continue reading Las Poderosas

Women, Respect and Mexico City

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Shifting perceptions of women and their roles in society have occurred more rapidly in Mexico City than in the rest of the country, not unusual given that large cities generally seem to adapt to change more readily than rural environments. The advancement of women in the workplace, at home, and in social standing has brought a new respect for women in general. We’re seeing more women playing active roles in government and gaining positions of power in politics, even in rural areas of the country. Continue reading Women, Respect and Mexico City

Here’s to Ears

Screen Shot 2016-01-29 at 10.07.20 AMBy Brooke Gazer

Dante Allier Martinez is one happy little boy. Even though he was born without ears he has always been a cheerful, well-adjusted child. His parents, who take good care of him in Santa Maria Huatulco, never tried to hide his deformity by growing his hair to cover the missing parts. They have taught him to accept himself the way he is but this does interfere with wanting him to live a normal life. Continue reading Here’s to Ears

The Oaxacan Riviera Female Softball League is Here!

By Teresa Gal

Once in a 
lifetime you
 get an
 opportunity to
 do something
 different and to be part of
something historical. This
 opportunity has presented
itself here in Huatulco and
 along the Oaxacan Riviera
with the very first female
 softball league being formed 
along the coast thanks to José
 Ponce, President of the South-Pacific Coast Baseball League and the coach, trainer & manager of the UMAR Reds male baseball team. Next on his agenda is to start up a little league for children in the near future. Continue reading The Oaxacan Riviera Female Softball League is Here!