|Abstract or Summary
- Women in Transition: The Mexican Family, Migration, and the Mothers of Casa de
los Angeles is broken into three parts: methodology, history of migration and gender roles,
and in Mexico, the examination of interviews from mothers in San Miguel de Allende.
Methodology explores the various ways historian collect oral histories. I focus my research on
ten historians’ works that study the challenges with collecting oral history.
The history of migration and gender roles is titled “Women in Transition: A Study of
Migration History, Sending Communities, and Women’s Gender Roles in Mexico.” This
studies a brief history of migration beginning with the Bracero Program of 1942. Following
the history, I analyze women’s roles within sending communities. Sending communities are
part of the transnational community, where the people in the communities either migrate or
remain at home while family members leave to find work. The last part is titled “Women in
Both Worlds.” This section concentrates on the women who migrate to the United States and
their expected role as a woman in the household.
The final section is titled “The Women of San Miguel de Allende.” The section
spotlights the ten interviews from mothers at the non-profit organization, Casa de los
Angeles. This section brings together the women’s stories of migration, family, and life at
Casa de los Angeles.