First Place Research Essay

Tutor's Name

Nicole Powell

Document Type


Publication Date

Fall 2015


Bereniz Montelongo’s research essay, Gender Ideals and Determinant Factors for Marriage in Contemporary Mexico, explores the link between characteristics of gender and marital norms throughout Mexico. Beginning with the colonial period and moving into the contemporary era, Bereniz identifies how marital norms have shifted in relation to changing views of gender roles. She examines factors like the idea of women as both caregivers and breadwinners, the level of value placed on marriage, and Mexico’s standards for same-sex marriage. This paper was written for Margarita Ochoa’s First Year Seminar Class: History of Race and Gender.