Women in Usos y Costumbres Governments III: The Fiesta for the Virgen de Asunción

As part of the fieldwork for my thesis on the role of women in traditional indigenous usos y costumbres-style governments in Oaxaca, Mexico, I had the opportunity to flex my participant-observation skills and attend the fiesta for the Virgen de Asunción in Santa Catarina Lachatao. Lachatao is a small town with few educational or jobContinue reading “Women in Usos y Costumbres Governments III: The Fiesta for the Virgen de Asunción”

Women in Usos y Costumbres Governments II: Teotitlán del Valle’s First Female Municipal Secretary

“I am the first female municipal secretary in my town,” Teotitlán del Valle, says Fatima Antonio González. She was named to the position by the current municipal president at 23 years old in 2010. As municipal secretary, she deals with community records and documents. Teotitlán del Valle is one of 418 towns governed by theContinue reading “Women in Usos y Costumbres Governments II: Teotitlán del Valle’s First Female Municipal Secretary”

Women In Usos y Costumbres Governments I: Masculinity Workshops

I’m in Oaxaca, Mexico for the summer doing research for my thesis on the role of women in traditional indigenous usos y costumbres-style governments. Oaxaca has 418 towns that are run by usos y costumbres, a form of government recognized by the state constitution. In these communities, only 18 women have ever become president (theContinue reading “Women In Usos y Costumbres Governments I: Masculinity Workshops”