Cristina Devereaux Ramírez's goals in Occupying Our Space are to fill a gap in feminist rhetorical history by going beyond Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz and Gloria Anzaldúa in the mestiza rhetorical canon and to recover Mexican women's voices during the debates about cultural and national identity. From the perspectives of rhetorical theory, Chicana feminism, Mexican women's history, and gender history, Ramírez examines very carefully Mexican women, from different sociopolitical backgrounds, who were journalists, publishers, writers, public speakers, and political activists during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries: Laureana Wright de Kleinhans (who was upper-class and highly educated), Las Mujeres de Zitácuaro (a group of Presbyterian and anticlerical women), Juana Belén Gutiérrez de Mendoza (who was of the rural working class), and Hermila Galindo (of the rural middle class). The author situates them via the term puesto in order to...

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