In her work,
Mexican American Woman Activists, Dr. Mary S. Pardo focuses on East Los
Angeles and emphasizes the important role played by females the powerful influence of
cultural symbols like motherhood and the Church. She suggests how such activism has
innervated cultural identity and protected the Mexican American community. The records
of the Mary Santoli Pardo Collection document her research and predominantly consist of
correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, interviews (three related audio
cassettes), and various newsletters and flyers.
Mary Pardo is Professor of Chicano Studies at California State University, Northridge
(CSU Northridge). She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California,
Los Angeles, in 1990 and has authored several articles on the influence of women in
populist movements. Her work Mexican American Woman
Activists, which focuses on East Los Angeles, emphasizes the important role
played by females the powerful influence of cultural symbols like motherhood and the
Church, and suggests how such activism has innervated cultural identity and protected
the Mexican American community. In addition to her scholarly publications, Dr. Pardo has
been actively involved with the Mothers of East Los Angeles (MELA) and interviewed
members such as Erlinda Robles and Juana Gutierrez. Her close ties to the community have
allowed her to capture the reactions of MELA to deleterious state projects. Through her
community activism and insightful scholarly work, Mrs. Pardo has contributed to the
growing presence of Chicana studies programs at schools like CSU Northridge.
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