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Since its creation, Las Vegas, Nevada, has been associated with casinos, nightlife, drinking, and neon lights. Las Vegas is not associated with Lowriders. Historically, lowrider vehicles are associated with crime, gangs, and male drivers. When lowriding comes to mind, Lowriders are associated with major cities in California, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and Colorado. Lowriders are not usually visualized as having female participants or as being present in Las Vegas. This thesis highlights members of the Lowrider community (especially Christal Leyva, Ivelys Franco, and Juanita Salazar) through the use of oral interviews and personal correspondence. The Lowriders interviewed for this thesis are a local, Las Vegas Lowriders. Women in the lowriding scene provide critical contributions to the local lowriding community through their advocacy of uplifting other women and their autonomy as women. Seldomly are Lowrider women mentioned in the Lowrider scholarship. Thus, the roles of Leyva, Franco, and Salazar should not be disregarded because they provide insight into a gap within Lowrider scholarship by the Lowriders being women who reside in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Female lowriders; Las Vegas; Las Vegas lowriders; Lowrider women; Lowriders; Women lowriders
American Studies | Gender and Sexuality | History | Women's Studies
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Herrera, Alejandra, "“Who Says Lowriders Are Only For Men?”: Lowriders In Las Vegas, Nevada" (2022). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 4408.
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