Letter from the Editor

Alejandra García Andrade, Lucía Irene Muñiz Ortega, Susana Chávez, Yolanda Ramírez Castorena, Guadalupe Dorado Rojas, Yara Eliset Zavala Arellanes, Graciela Soto Meza, Rosa Julissa Delgado Chávez, Tania Elizabeth Flores Monreal, María Hermelinda Venegas Orona, Arisbeth Rico Ramírez, Esmeralda Castillo Rincon, Paloma Angélica Escobar Ledezma, are among the hundreds of girls, students, mothers, and women whose families are still waiting for justice in Ciudad Juárez.

This issue is dedicated to you—to the many who were killed while sleeping, to the many who were kidnapped while going through their usual routine at work or school, to the ones who were dancing and having fun at night with their friends, to the many who were raped and left like garbage at the side of the road, to the many families still hurt by the inaction and neglicence of authories that have left a traumatized community, to you, reader, still mourning your daughter, friend, cousin, mother, aunt or girlfriend.

As a woman living in Cd. Juárez, México, I feel devastated by knowing I was born and raised in a community that legally values a cow more than me. As the new editor-in-chief, I feel compelled to help and share the stories of these women, who studied, who worked for the community, who were in love, who were just living their lives.

This issue shares a story about the efforts of Cd. Juárez to address the issue of femicides. Reporter Claudia Hernández interviewed family members of victims, and gives a historical background of the border efforts toward gender violence. She also describes how Red Mesa de Mujeres deals with these cases on a daily basis.

Reporter Alyssa Cardona talks about how a Colombian dancer is approaching feminism from the perspective of dance, improvisation and theater performances. Highlighting her advocacy work on the border, Alyssa tells the story of how UTEP professor Sandra Lopez is trying to change the feminist narrative by showcasing the sisterhood of El Paso-Cd. Juárez through works like Braiding Borders.

This issue also covers females in sports with reporter Elenie Gonzalez, who focuses on how male student-athletes have statistically more opportunities to get to the professional level than women. She reports about how advertising, funding and societal roles are all connected to women’s sports.

Speaking of societal roles, my story focuses on couples from both sides of the border that defy the tradition of women staying at home while men work and provide for the family. I interviewed the Kelleys and the Valles to tell the other side of this tradition as both women in these marriages work outside the home to sustain the family.

This magazine wouldn’t have been possible without the collective effort from the Minero staff, without the intensive debates on every topic for this issue and without the constant input and trust of every member and for the interviewees for relating their past experiences as victims of social prejudice, discrimination and, of course, femicides. We hope you enjoy our issue as every member of Minero made a significant and personal contribution on behalf of feminism.

To the women who are reading this, we hope to give you substantial information for you to go out and not settle, to dare others to think differently and to not ever stop claiming what is ours by right

Grecia Sánchez