Mujeristas Collective by Denisse Jimenez.

Filmed by Denisse Juliana Jimenez

From Nosotras Zine Fiesta, Sept. 15, 2017

Mujeristas Collective

Mujeristas Collective is a Queens, NY based collective and platform for the voices of Latinas. We produce zines to showcase visual and written work that construct our own experiences and identities as a Latina. Using zines as our medium, our goal is to properly document and present a diverse collection of historical stories from Latinas in a U.S. perspective, and beyond. Our zines have been featured in People Español Chica, i-D magazine, Hyperallergic, and our school independent newspaper, The Torch.

A mujerista is someone who makes a preferential option for Latina women, for their struggle for liberation. Mujeristas struggle to liberate themselves not as individuals but as members of a Latino community.
— Ada Maria Isasi-DĂ­az

Our Story

 Ada Maria Isasi-DĂ­az was born on March 22, 1943 in La Habana, Cuba and was raised to a Catholic family. In 1960, she left Cuba and went to the United States as a political refugee. Seven years later, she joined the Ursuline sisters in Lima Peru as a missionary, serving in the MarĂ­a Madre de Dios Parish as a Junior High School teacher until 1969. By 1971, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in European History from the College of New Rochelle. Isasi-DĂ­az was an activist-theologian involved in the feminist theological movement. She worked on developing and elaborating a Mujerista theology, a theology from a U.S. Latina perspective. On May 13th, 2012, Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz passed away in New York from cancer.

Ada Maria Isasi-DĂ­az was born on March 22, 1943 in La Habana, Cuba and was raised to a Catholic family. In 1960, she left Cuba and went to the United States as a political refugee. Seven years later, she joined the Ursuline sisters in Lima Peru as a missionary, serving in the MarĂ­a Madre de Dios Parish as a Junior High School teacher until 1969. By 1971, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in European History from the College of New Rochelle. Isasi-DĂ­az was an activist-theologian involved in the feminist theological movement. She worked on developing and elaborating a Mujerista theology, a theology from a U.S. Latina perspective. On May 13th, 2012, Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz passed away in New York from cancer.

Mujeristas Collective was founded by Stephanie P. Aliaga in January 2017, due to the lack of spaces for Latinas to meet and create regarding our identity and culture in the United States. Mujeristas Collective is inspired by Cuban activist-theologian, Ada Maria Isasi-DĂ­az's Mujerista Theology. 

The term Mujerista was first coined by Ada Maria Isasi-Díaz. Womanism inspired Isasi-Díaz to construct her own experiences where grassroot Latinas can relate by creating the very first mujerista theology. Díaz emphasized that Mujeristas and Euro-American feminist must share the power and “be considered to be just as important as the priorities of the Euro-American feminists."

This invites all women of color to join the women’s liberation movement. It provides a platform for the voices of Latinas in America that are often overlooked in their homes, work place and church. Díaz’s mujerista theology encourages everyone to participate in the struggle for the liberation of Latinas and our communities.


Our Team

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