ECCE Speaker Series: Women Warriors (English Translations)
From Cody Pope
Women Warriors Who Open Pathways and
Spread Flowers: Lesbian Feminism in Mexico
Recorded October 4, 2021
This video features Spanish-to-English interpretation.
Women Warriors Who Open Pathways and Spread Flowers: Lesbian Feminism in Mexico | Leticia Armijo,
Diana Solís, & Hinda Seif
Who were early women to publicly declare their love for women and fight for lesbian visibility and rights in Mexico? How did they find each other and create spaces beyond bars and strict gender roles? Professor Leticia Armijo and Diana Solís, two members of the Oikabeth 2 lesbian feminist group (1982-5; one of the first in Mexico), will share Mexican LGBTQ history with photographs, differences from US activism, and how brave women challenged sexism and heterosexism despite the dangers. We will learn what some Oikabeth 2 members are doing today and the current status of lesbians in Mexico. Composer and musicologist Armijo will address her work featuring Mexican women and music. In 1997 Patria Jiménez, Oikabeth 2 co-founder with Armijo, became the first LGBTQ person elected to a federal legislature in Mexico and Latin America. Professor Hinda Seif (UIS) will introduce the context of Mexico’s lesbian feminism.
Co-founder of Oikabeth 2, Professor Leticia Armijo (Autonomous University of Querétaro, Mexico) specializes in Mexican women in music. She is director of the Women in Music Collective and Yolotli Women’s Chorus of the Indigenous Pueblos of Mexico. Armijo has received awards from Spain’s Ministry of Culture and Education and Mexico’s Society of Authors and Composers and National Feminist Front. In 2017, Armijo’s Oikabeth Warrior Symphony was performed by Mexico’s National Symphony Orchestra at Mexico City’s Palace of Fine Arts.
Diana Solís (B.F.A., UIC) is a Chicago-based visual artist and art educator. Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries in Chicago, nationally, and internationally. Her images of Chicago queer history were featured in the 2021 exhibition LatinXAmerican at the DePaul University Art Museum.
Hinda Seif (Associate Professor of Women/Gender Studies and Sociology/Anthropology, UIS) researches and writes about Chicago’s Latina artists, featuring the photography and transnational life of Diana Solís. She serves on the Faculty Board of the University of Illinois Press.