Ursidae: The Undergraduate Research Journal at the University of Northern Colorado


Norman Correa

Faculty Sponsor

Barbara Hawthorne


Scholars who have written about the Cuban success story tend to tell it from a man’s perspective. By using only this voice, scholars overlook the differences between Cuban and American society for women, while neglecting the importance of gender in the transition experience. This mixed methods study examines how the role of Cuban women immigrants changed and how these changes contribute to both family and individual success. Through interviews, this project chronicles the experiences of Cuban women and their newly emerging roles. Findings indicate that when Cuban men came to the United States, they maintained the same role that they had in Cuba, while Cuban women reported more freedom, more access to education, and more opportunities to work outside the home. These differences let Cuban women contribute to the educational achievement of their children while providing additional income to the household.