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Flores, Franciscalocked

( December 1913–27 April 1996)
  • Robert Bauman

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Flores, Francisca ( December 1913–27 April 1996), Chicana feminist, journal editor, and antipoverty activist, was born in San Diego, California, the second of six children born to Maria Montelongo, a cook and union shop steward, and Vicente Flores, who worked in a slaughterhouse. One of Flores’s brothers died of tuberculosis in 1926; that same year she herself developed tuberculosis and spent the next ten years in a tuberculosis sanatorium. While there she met and befriended women veterans of the Mexican Revolution. Those friendships led her to organize a political discussion group, Hermanas de la Revolución Mexicana, for women in the sanatorium. Politicized by her experience, Flores emerged from the sanatorium in 1936 at age twenty-three, determined to live a life of activism. Two years later she married Laverne Lynn; the couple divorced around 1954 without having any children....

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