McNair/Gateway Scholars Program USC

Ana Morales

Major and Classification

American Studies

Faculty Mentors

  • Professor Maria Elena Martinez-Lopez

Department

  • History

McNair Project

"The Role of Zapatista Feminism: Gender Roles Between Men and Women in Chiapas, Mexico"

This research paper aims to explain the history and significance of the Zapatista Army for National Liberation (EZLN) and the gender roles women play within the EZLN and the Maya communities of eastern Chiapas. The history of the EZLN can be understood through its geography, its relation with the icon and memory of Emiliano Zapata and the Mexican Revolution, the Maya indigenous struggles of eastern Chiapas, the relationship with the Mexican government and the paramilitary. This will also look at the changes women experienced in their communities, as the EZLN became a more dominant influence in their lives. The purpose of this research is to understand the role women play in the EZLN community and the changes that have come out of Zapatista feminism.