Compañeras: Zapatista Women's Stories
Compañeras is the untold story of women’s involvement in the Zapatista movement, the indigenous rebellion that has inspired grassroots activists around the world for over two decades. Gathered here are the stories of grandmothers, mothers, and daughters who became guerrilla insurgents and political leaders, educators and healers—who worked collectively to construct a new society of dignity and justice. Compañeras shows us how, after centuries of oppression, a few voices of dissent became a force of thousands, how a woman once confined to her kitchen rose to conduct peace negotiations with the Mexican government, and how hundreds of women overcame engrained hardships to strengthen their communities from within.
“A guiding light for a new generation of feminists and others who would challenge patriarchy, poverty, gender oppression, racism, and all the other inhumanities maintained by global capitalism.”—Elaine Brown, Black Panther Party leader and author of A Taste of Power and The Condemnation of Little B.
“Beautifully written, Compañeras is a story of love and courage that gives a new depth to our understanding of the Zapatista movement and resonates beyond Chiapas.”—Silvia Federici, author of Caliban and the Witch: Women, the Body and Primitive Accumulation
“Belongs on the bookshelves of social justice activists and scholars everywhere.”—Chandra Talpade Mohanty, author of Feminism Without Borders
“Hilary Klein is a major talent and a welcome fresh voice.”—Luis Alberto Urrea, Pulitzer Prize Finalist for The Devil’s Highway