La Mujer Chicana, a course in the Women's Studies Program at the University of New Mexico, was taught for the third time in the fall of 1973. The idea for the course germinated in an organization called Las Chicanas. Dissatisfied with their "women's auxiliary role" in the activities of the Chicano Center on campus, these women decided to come together to conduct consciousness-raising sessions. Most of the group were reluctant to become involved in the women's movement, for they felt the kind of intimidation Chicanas often feel before men and white women. But they also felt a strong need for the opportunity to explore feminism within their own cultural context. Why not a class where Chicanas could focus upon their past and evaluate their present powerless situation amidst growing Chicano and feminist movements?