Latinas We Admire: Whom Do YOU Admire?

Mar 8, 2012
5:02 pm

March is women's history month, a time to celebrate women's accomplishments throughout history and the power of their vital contributions which have helped to shape and create the world we live in today. 



Why is Women's History Month Important?

Multicultural American women are especially overlooked in mainstream approaches to U.S. history.  We must stop relying on a system that doesn't cater to our needs and make greater efforts to take back control of our education.  Search, read and share your knowledge.

Despite the many great achievements by women in America, there are still great inequalities in our society.  It is unacceptable women still continue to face prejudice, stereotypes and many obstacles when it comes to attaining and deciding for themselves regarding basic issues like education, career, and health.

Recognizing the achievements of women in all facets of life from science to art creates a positive impact on the development of self-respect and self esteem for girls and young women.  It changes the definition of achievement.  When young people see these positive images they can then begin to imagine themselves and their peers in these roles. 

Women's history month is not just for women.  Everyone needs role models making it crucial to be exposed to strong and powerful women.  Let us all be inspired by the women who came before us and let us continue to create bigger dreams.  Once we become aware of their strength and accomplishments our understanding of what is possible expands.

Latinas We Admire

Mercedes Sosa (1935 –  2009) known as La Negra, was an Argentine singer whose songs gave voice to the voiceless shining a light on injustices.

Frida Kahlo (1907 – 1954) Mexico's most famous woman painter created her own unique folkloric style of painting to paint the diary of her life.

Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz (1651 – 1695) was a self-taught scholar and poet of the Baroque school who became a nun and was a huge defender of women's right to education.

Camila Vallejo as president of the University of Chile Student Federation and main spokesperson of the Confederation of Chilean Students in 2011 she led a movement for better access to quality education which continues today.

Rigoberta Menchú a Guatemalan activist for the rights of the indigenous people and a winner of Nobel Peace Prize.

Gabriela Mistral a Chilean poet, educator, diplomat, and feminist who was the first Latin American to win the Nobel Prize in Literature, in 1945.

Julia de Burgos is considered by many as the greatest poet born in Puerto Rico, was also an advocate for the independence of Puerto Rico and an ardent civil rights activist for women and African/Afro-Caribbean writers.

Betita Martínez a Chicana feminist and a long-time community organizer, activist, author, and educator.

Rita Moreno a Puerto Rican singer, dancer and actress. She is the only Hispanic and one of the few performers who have won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony, and was the second Puerto Rican to win an Academy Award.

Violeta Parra a notable Chilean composer, songwriter, folklorist, ethnomusicologist and visual artist.  Her most renowned song, Gracias a la Vida (Thanks to Life), was popularized throughout Latin America

Ana Mendieta (1948 – 1985) was a Cuban American performance artist, sculptor, painter and video artist who known for her "earth-body" art work.

Dolores Huerta a noted American labor leader and civil rights activist who, along with César Chávez, co-founded the United Farm Workers (UFW). Huerta has received numerous awards for her community service and advocacy for workers', immigrants', and women's' rights, including the Eugene V. Debs Foundation Outstanding American Award and the United States Presidential Eleanor D. Roosevelt Human Rights Award.

Sonia Sotomayor is the Court's 111th justice, its first Hispanic justice and its third female justice to serve on the Supreme Court and was the woman who made the term wise Latina popular.  

Hilda L. Solis was confirmed as Secretary of Labor was the first Latina co-chair of the Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues and the first Latina to serve on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Felisa Rincón de Gautier the first woman mayor of a capital American city, served as Mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico for over 20 years. She was an active participant in the suffragist movement, the fifth woman who officially registered to vote and served as goodwill ambassador for four presidents. She revamped the San Juan public health system, established the school of medicine, and created the first pre-school centers, Las Escuelas Maternales, on which the Head Start program is based.

See some other photos that we have shared with our community.Your turn to share. What Latinas do you admire and why?

Our FAMILIA from Pa'lante Latino posted this very cool collage today on Facebook. Here is what they wrote:

In honor of International Women's Day we created a collage of some of the most important movements and women for women & human rights around the world past and present." Top left to right: Mirabal sisters, Susana Chavez, Rutas Pacifica De Las Mujeres,  Middle left to right: Maria Galindo, Luisa Capetillo, La Maleta Roja, Manal Al-Sherif, Harriet Tubman Bottom lef to to right: Rosa Parks, Lolita Lebron, Las Damas de Blaco, Susan Anthony, Maria Esther Gatti de Islas.

This is what some of our amazing Facebook friends told us:

We assked our Twitter peeps as well.