Mujeristas Collective is a collective and platform for the voices of Latinas and women of color based in Queens, NY. We produce zines to showcase contemporary art and writings that construct our own experiences and identities within the framework of mujerismo, Latin American feminism inspired by womanism. Drawing on one of its core tenets of solidarity, we cater to all women of color as well as Latinas. Using zines and community events as our medium, our goal is to document, educate, and present a diverse collection of work by women of color from a global perspective. Our zines have been featured in People Español Chica, NYLON, and i-D magazine.
Mujeristas Collective was founded by Stephanie P. Aliaga in January 2017, due to a lack of spaces for Latinas to meet and create centering on our identities and cultures in the United States. Mujeristas Collective is inspired by Cuban activist-theologian, Ada Maria Isasi-Díaz's Mujerista Theology.
The term Mujerista was introduced 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 the global movement for women’s liberation. 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.
Mujeristas Collective is run by five Latinas who are artists, journalists, and educators. They are recent graduates from St. John’s University in Queens, NY, where the collective was formed.