Abstract

This study is an ideological analysis of Dolores Huerta’s speech at the 21st National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change that incorporates theories and concepts from feminist rhetoric, Chicana feminism, LGBTQ activism, and border rhetoric. The purpose of this study is to identify rhetorical intersection between Chicana feminism and LGBTQ activism to determine if and how Huerta is able to encourage allied involvement. This study found that Huerta uses three overarching strategies—invitational binary, universalizing discourse, and engaging intersectionality—with multiple subthemes to promote intersectional activism. Her overall strategy is fragmented and somewhat paradoxical, reflecting the complexities of intersectionality.

Key terms: Chicana feminism, Dolores Huerta, intersectional activism

Advisor

Boser, Beth L.

Department

Communication

Disciplines

Chicana/o Studies | Critical and Cultural Studies | Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Ethnicity in Communication | Speech and Rhetorical Studies

Publication Date

2016

Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis

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