Vicki L. Ruiz

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Vicki Lynn Ruiz (born May 21, 1955) is an American historian who has written or edited 14 books and published over 60 essays. Her work focuses on Mexican-American women in the twentieth century. She is a recipient of the National Humanities Medal.


  • We learn from each other’s stories

From Out of the Shadows: Mexican Women in Twentieth-Century America (1998)[edit]

  • When I was a child, I learned two types of history-the one at home and the one at school.
  • Situating one's politics, indeed one's very life, toward community empowerment was a given among Chicano student activists.
  • Successful union organization depends, in large measure, on a sense of solidarity and community among workers.
  • Building community is both a legacy and a responsibility. As a storyteller, listener, recorder, and amateur theorist, I am reminded of a passage in Eudora Welty's Becoming a Writer: "Each of us is moving, changing, and with respect to others. As we discover, we remember; remembering, we discover; and most intensely do we experience this when our separate journeys converge."

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