Title

Women of the Mexican Oil Fields: Class, Nationality, Economy, Culture, 1900-1938

SMC Author

Myrna Santiago

SMC Affiliated Work

1

Author Role

author

Status

Faculty

School

School of Liberal Arts

Department

History

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2009

Publication Title

Journal of Women's History

Description/Abstract

The Mexican oil industry during the period of foreign ownership, 1900–1938, has inspired scholarship covering a myriad of actors, but not women. This article proposes to fill in that gap, documenting the experiences of foreign and Mexican women in the cradle of the industry, northern Veracruz and Tampico, Tamaulipas. This article argues that women were not only present in the oil fields, but that they were also indispensable for the economic success of the oil enterprise as a whole. Nevertheless, the experiences of women were quite diverse, depending on such factors as class and nationality. For Mexican women in particular, life in oil country meant revolutionary changes, even if capitalist structures and patriarchal culture remained intact.

First Page

89

Last Page

112

Disciplines

Arts and Humanities | History

Original Citation

Santiago, Myrna. "Women of the Mexican Oil Fields: Class, Nationality, Economy, Culture, 1900-1938.” Journal of Women's History 21 no. 1 (2009): 89-112.

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