Frances E. Monteverde


As Interviewed by Michael Johnson, March 3, 2013
"Actually, we didnít question too much; we just assumed that that was the way things were."
Frances E. Monteverde

Introductory Profile: About Frances E. Monteverde

I interviewed Frances Monteverde for my Firsthand History project . Frances Monteverde is a 75 year-old woman. She was born February 19, 1938. She is just under five-feet tall. She has short gray hair that used to be chestnut brown. She loves to eat desert and spend time with her grandchildren, children and son in laws. She has a witty sense of humor and is always writing poetry and reading all sorts of books, from books about China to memoirs. She had three children, a son and two daughters. She married a native Mexican after they met at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. They married and then moved to Mexico City. Later, she moved to Austin, Texas to be close to her two daughters when they went to college at the University of Texas in Austin. She currently lives near her oldest daughter (and my mother), DanŪ Monteverde in Austin, Texas.

The interview, conducted March 3, 2013, mainly focused on women's rights and the discrimination of women from the 1930s to the present day. The overall mood of the interview was open and friendly. As the interview went on, Frances Monteverde got more and more open and started talking about topics more easily and freely. One part that stood out to me was that people just accepted discrimination against women; for that matter, all discrimination was just part of life and viewed as the way it was supposed to be. Most people didn't question it at all.