First Advisor

Patricia Schechter

Term of Graduation

Spring 2020

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Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.) in History







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1 online resource (vi, 111 pages)


This thesis explores the life of one woman, Patricia Carpio Whiting, during the second half of the twentieth century, in an effort to expand the genre of women and environmental studies. It provides context for Carpio Whiting's accomplishments as an elected official in Oregon by describing her childhood in Chicago and her formative years in California, particularly how growing up Filipino American shaped her as an adult. As such, this thesis engages themes of gender, race, and class in historical scholarship. The thesis focuses on Carpio Whiting's life in Oregon and explores the opportunities and challenges facing women as they engaged with environmentalism and political processes in the 1970s. Finally, this thesis relies on new oral histories to tell the story and, in so doing, expands the record of Patricia Carpio Whiting's thinking, her personal/professional relationships, and her environmental activism. With gender, race, and environmentalism as key categories, this study contributes to a critical understanding of women and their influence on politics.


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