From Madres to Mujeristas: Latinas Making Change with Photovoice

Angie Pamela Mejia, Olivia Quiroz, Yolanda Morales, Ruth Ponce, Graciela Limon Chavez, Elizabeth Olivera y. Torre

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Photovoice projects operate within multiple and often contradictory social, political, and cultural contexts. This article describes how Latina madres (mothers) participating in a community health initiative introduced concepts of mujerismo (Latina womanism) to fully incorporate their often marginalized voices into a conversation of minority health inequalities. We argue that a mujerista-led Photovoice challenges dominant assumptions about US Latinas' roles as research collaborators. This model was shown to nurture politicized identities that seek to question issues of power embedded in health promotion initiatives.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)301-321
Number of pages21
JournalAction Research
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Latinas
  • Photovoice
  • mujerismo
  • mujerista
  • participatory action research (PAR)

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    Mejia, A. P., Quiroz, O., Morales, Y., Ponce, R., Chavez, G. L., & Torre, E. O. Y. (2013). From Madres to Mujeristas: Latinas Making Change with Photovoice. Action Research, 11(4), 301-321.