Women joined the Young Lords from the beginning to fight poverty, racial and gender inequality, and the colonial status of Puerto Rico. They fought the “revolution within the revolution” believing that women’s equality was inseparable from society’s progress as a whole.
Through the Eyes of Rebel Women, The Young Lords: 1969-1976 is the first book about the experiences of women members; it is a “story within a story” told from the inside out. Written and edited by former leading member, Iris Morales, the book includes essays, interviews, photographs, and primary source documents. Ms. Morales chronicles the revolutionary rise of the Young Lords Party in New York, the role and contributions of women, the opening of branches in Puerto Rico, and the group’s final decline. Personal interviews with several former women members conducted for the film ¡Palante, Siempre Palante! The Young Lords have been transcribed and edited for the book. Photographs and articles from the early 1970s complete the narrative. The entire volume affirms that social movements do not develop in a vacuum but arise to spearhead solutions to the injustices occurring in society.
Dr. Edna Acosta-Belén, distinguished historian and women’s studies scholar, writes: “These women activists are … the brave feminist warriors who battled for equality in intersecting (not isolated or separated) arenas of class, race, gender, ethnicity, and sexuality; part of that noble league of defenders of universal human rights.”
Ericka Huggins, human rights activist, former Black Panther Party member and political prisoner, summarizes: “As I read this book, I was continually inspired by the history of the Young Lords and the great women within it. Iris Morales writes a story that parallels the story of the women in the Black Panther Party and women throughout the globe. The structural and interpersonal work we must do to uplift humanity always starts from the inside out!”
Through the Eyes of Rebel Women is a must-read for everyone interested in the US social movements of the 1960s and 70s in the United States.
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