Gloria Anzaldúa (September 26, 1942 - May 15, 2004)
Anzaldúa grew up in south Texas. Her father died when she was fourteen, making it necessary for her to work in the fields throughout high school. While a student at Pan American University, she was still working in the fields, and attributed the intersecting experiences of farm worker meetings, La Raza Unida Party conferences, and feminist consciousness raising to forming her early mestiza consciousness. She earned her B.A. in English, art, and secondary education from Pan American University, went on to earn an M.A. in English and education from the University of Texas, and then supported herself through teaching, while writing and producing a number of important works. Continue . . .
Source: Heidenreich, Linda. "Anzaldúa, Gloria." Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History in America, edited by Marc Stein, vol. 1, Charles Scribner's Sons, 2004, pp. 74-76. From Gale Virtual Reference database.