Guatemalan Women

by Kelly Wilson

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Guatemalan women are strong. This is clear in her hands which rub the dirt out of clothes on the pila stone, clap balls of corn masa into perfect tortillas, and swiftly crack a chicken’s ribcage to prepare the caldo de gallina. Her strength is much deeper than her capable hands, though. In the face of oppression and exclusion she quietly, resiliently carries on. She faithfully raises her children. She feeds her family and her community. She tends to the chickens pecking around the house. She washes and makes clean. She weaves together the colorful threads of her güipil and holds together the threads of her family. Her work gives life and makes the world more beautiful.