Gloria E. Anzaldúa was a Chicana feminist, poet, lecturer, writer, editor, and activist. She was born as Gloria Evangelina Anzaldúa on September 26, 1942 in Harlingen, Texas. She received a B.A. in English from Pan American University and an M.A. in English from the University of Texas. Her concentration was on cultural, feminist and queer theory. Anzaldúa is best known for her book, Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza. She also coedited with Cherríe Moraga, This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color (1981). Anzaldúa suffered from a medical condition where she got her menstruation at age three. She later underwent surgery and got a hysterectomy done to stop the problem. She died at age 61 of diabetes-related complications on May 15, 2004 in Santa Cruz, California.