The women in MELA changed their traditional networks and resources to political assets to protect the quality of urban life (Massey 501). The article suggests that the Mexican American women activism rose from traditional women roles.
The author shows how the women’s activism addressed many social and political issues (Massey 503). The activities of the women in MELA relied on informal associations formed by the community. Women in grassroots considered their activism and communities as part of their families and traditional roles. In this chapter, women take a central role in grass root activism as they struggle to improve the quality of life (Massey 505-508). Ideally, the activities of Mexican American women oppose the assumption that women are powerless. The chapter seems to oppose how culture and traditions define women in the social and political