Date of Graduation

Spring 5-19-2023

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Migration Studies


College of Arts and Sciences


Migration Studies

First Advisor

Christina Garcia Lopez


The purposeful killing of women due to their gender (feminicide) is an atrocious global act that has been ascending at an alarming rate, over the past couple of years. Specifically, last year in México and in the duration of six months, there were close to 3,000 victims of gender based killings in México, which is about 10 casualties daily (ONU Mujeres, 2022). While most studies have centered their attention on systemic causes that lead to gender based violence, the amount of research that closely analyzes the ways these causes are interwoven with womens’ everyday lived experiences of social and personal notions of love is few. By utilizing Mujerista Theology this study aims to fill this gap by assessing how systemic causes of violence against women are interwoven with women’s everyday lived experiences, specifically looking through the lens of marianismo (self-sacrificial love). The purpose is to understand whether marianismo leads to violence in the home for Mexican migrant, Catholic mothers, as it is the place where women are socialized to be proper caretakers. This study also seeks to comprehend the ways marianismo influences their notions of womanhood, familial and romantic relationships, self-esteem, and whether it changes before and after migrating to the United States.