Audio Recording "Here's a woman who's Hispanic who has made it."

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"Here's a woman who's Hispanic who has made it."
Contributor Names
Meza, Beatriz (Narrator)
Carroll, Thomas D. (Interviewer)
Created / Published
Subject Headings
-  Lawyers
-  Oral history
-  Interviews
-  Sound recordings
-  21st Avenue (Paterson, N. J.)
-  Ethnography
-  United States -- New Jersey -- Paterson
-  Interview with Beatriz Meza, an attorney.
-  Summary of audio segment: TC asks is it significant that the lawyer was a Latina? BM says probably it was -- a woman, Latino, professional who was interested in helping her. BM says she got the job because of Joaquin Calcinas, an attorney in Paterson, referred BM to the lawyer. She knew who BM was, knew where she was coming from, and what she wanted to do. And she was great, taught her a lot, how to do research, etc. And BM used to do complaints, and things like that. And she got enough experience there to have a good idea of legal work. BM helped with her cases, etc. She also served as a model for BM. BM says she had some difficult experiences in college, being a woman and Hispanic. Once she had gone to a professor at Rutgers to ask advice about a career,and he said to BM that she was really cute, you're pretty, why do you want to go any further, it's going to be really tough. Just graduate from college, get married, and have a wonderful life. BM was just appalled. He should have given more guidance, and he told her to go get married and pregnant, etc. So it was really encouraging to work with Riga, she was a similar person -- Hispanic woman -- who had made it. And she is even on the law books as changing precedent in the criminal area. And BM felt, seeing Riga, that this was something she wanted to do, if she could do it, why can't I. And it was very important to work with her particularly. And BM felt safer, she was a woman, a Latina.
Digital Audio Tape
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1995/028: WIP-TDC-A022
Source Collection
Working in Paterson Project Collection (AFC 1995/028)
American Folklife Center
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Working in Paterson Project collection, 1993-2002 (AFC 1995/028), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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Chicago citation style:

Meza, Beatriz, and Thomas D Carroll. "Here's a woman who's Hispanic who has made it.". -09-12, 1994. Audio.

APA citation style:

Meza, B. & Carroll, T. D. (1994) "Here's a woman who's Hispanic who has made it.". -09-12. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Meza, Beatriz, and Thomas D Carroll. "Here's a woman who's Hispanic who has made it.". -09-12, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.