|Women in Pacific Northwest History
Edited by Karen J. Blair
This new edition of Karen Blair's popular anthology
originally published in 1989 includes thirteen essays, eight of which are new. Together they suggest the wide spectrum of
women's experiences that make up a vital part of Northwest history.
A Chicana in northern Aztlan: An oral history
of Dora Sanchez Trevino by:Jerry Garcia
The following interview with Dora Sanchez Trevino elaborates
on issues of gender in the workplace, of being Chicana in an Anglo-dominated community, and of her life as a woman.28 Dora
provides a glimpse of her childhood and the dynamics of a traditional patriarchal Mexican family. Her relationships with her
brother and eventually with her husband depict some of the cultural norms within this patriarchal system. Starting at a very
young age, Dora has been employed weeding sugar beet fields, as a teacher's aide, and as a professional employee with a state
agency. From this background, she has witnessed the position of Chicanas in the workplace in Quincy. Dora's description of
her high school experiences in Quincy contributes to our understanding of the type of race and class relations that existed
between Anglos and Chicanos in the early 1960s. Her involvement with Chicano organizations and union activism as well as her
continued role in politics illustrate all those issues from a Chicana perspective. Dora Trevino's life in Quincy may not be
representative of all Chicanas in the community, but through her eyes we can begin to see a portion of the overall experiences
of Chicanas in Quincy.
I chose to feature the history and experience
of Dora Sanchez Trevino because she has lived in Quincy since the early 1960s and has firsthand knowledge of the growth and
development of the community. Additionally, she has been the only woman of color to hold political office in Quincy, that
of councilwoman. Specifically, I wanted to glean information from Dora on her experience as a Chicana in Quincy, to examine
what kind of differences or similarities might emerge between her experience and those of other Chicanas in Quincy and of
Chicano men.29 Although it is only one example, Dora's family history provides insight into the type of Chicano families arriving
in Quincy during the early 1960s. Finally, Dora's personal journey-as a Chicana, mother, wife, and professional worker-provide
her with a variety of views and experiences.
27 illus., 5 in color, 6" x 9"
Dora is also featured in another book " Mexicans
In North Central Washington" by Jerry Garcia.
The first Mexicans to the region of North Central
Washington were braceros (Mexican nationals) brought to Wenatchee, Okanogan, Moses Lake, and later Quincy to work under contract
during World War II. The late 1940s witnessed the arrival to the region of Mexican American families who came from south Texas
following migratory routes established in the 1920s to the Pacific Northwest. In the early 1950s, Mexican American families
from the Yakima Valley moved north seeking economic opportunities. By the late 1980s, as Mexicans in such places as Wenatchee,
Quincy, Brewster, and Moses Lake began to settle down and integrate into the community, they started businesses, bought homes,
and many moved into a more diverse economic market.