The Google Doodle for Gloria E. Anzaldúa’s 75th Birthday, Sept. 26, 2017.  Google

Google Doodle Celebrates Gloria E. Anzaldúa's Birthday. Here's What to Know About Her

Updated: Sep 26, 2017 11:38 AM ET

Tuesday's Google Doodle celebrates the 75th birthday of American scholar Gloria E. Anzaldúa.

Anzaldúa spent her life investigating and writing about society, feminism, borders and identity, inspired by a childhood on the Mexico-Texas border. She died in 2004 at age 61.

Born on September 26 in 1942 in the Rio Grande Valley, Anzaldúa wrote about mixed identity in books such as Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza and Light in the Dark: Rewriting Identity, Spirituality, Reality.

She graduated from Pan American University in 1969 and went on to teach migrant students before moving to California in 1977. She was awarded a posthumous Ph.D. in literature by the University of California Santa Cruz.

The doodle celebrates her mixed identity, power as a woman, and ability to live across geographical and social divides.

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