Making Face, Making Soul: A Chicana Feminist Website
http://chicanas.com
Created and maintained by Susana L. Gallardo, Stanford University
Reviewed May 2005


Reviewed by Christina Violeta Jones

It is no secret that the Internet has become one of the most ubiquitous venues known to humans (and computer viruses) for the distribution of information. The Internet is limitless, and for scholars it has the potential to provide unprecedented access to an amazing array of sources and scholarly work. Making Face, Making Soul: A Chicana Feminist Homepage is a website dedicated to providing information to those who study and/or are interested in Chicana history and the development of the Chicana Feminist Movement in the United States.

Stanford University doctoral candidate Susana L. Gallardo designed Making Face, Making Soul, choosing the name of the website from the work of the celebrated writer Gloria Anzaldua. The website educates readers about the rich history and culture of the Chicana community and shows how the study of Chicanas has been approached through the use of written texts, visual images, and performance. Gallardo provides a place where women of color can strip off their "makeup" and expose and/or express themselves in their "real" faces.

Making Face, Making Soul is very user-friendly. Gallardo has provided a site with useful links so users can find information regarding Chicana studies scholars, organizations, reference books, documentary films, and more.

However, there are various things that Gallardo might do to improve the website's usefulness for scholars. The first is to provide more links and resources to various papers, articles, books, and/or book reviews. Are there any Chicana studies journals, academic or non-academic? Links to events around the country would be useful so that the public is aware of talks/discussions/lectures/conferences that relate to Chicana women. This might be challenging, but website visitors can help with this task by posting ongoing events that relate to the topic. Also, I think that since the death of Anzaldua, one of the forerunners of the Chicana Movement, in 2004, there should be a special page devoted to presenting her work with interviews, pictures, and other resources, in addition to the current link to a page where readers can view others' words and express their own thoughts toward her as a writer, feminist, and Chicana. .

Making Face, Making Soul is a very useful educational resource that should be utilized more both in and outside of the classroom. But, more importantly, I think that it is a site where women, especially women of color, can communicate freely and express and share their views with others on the various issues that affect them and their community.

Christina Violeta Jones is a third year doctoral candidate in the Department of History at Howard University in Washington D.C. Her research and teaching focus on Latin American and Caribbean history, with a special interest on the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and the African Diaspora in the Americas. Ms. Jones is currently in the process of researching and writing her dissertation.

 

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