[Edling] American National Biography Online: Anzaldua, Gloria E.

Francis Hult francis.hult at englund.lu.se
Tue Sep 26 02:09:28 EDT 2017

American National Biography Online: Anzaldua, Gloria E.

American National Biography Online

Anzaldua, Gloria E. (26 Sept. 1942-15 May 2004), author, cultural theorist, and feminist philosopher, was born in the south Texas town of Raymondville, the oldest of four children of Urbano and Amalia (García) Anzaldúa, sixth-generation Mexican-American rancher-farmers. Gloria was diagnosed in infancy with a rare hormonal disorder that triggered premature puberty, including monthly menses from the age of six. This hormonal condition marked Gloria as physiologically different from her peers, fostering in her a lifelong empathy for other outsiders, which motivated her social justice work and her desire to use the written word to create new forms of inclusionary communities.

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