Prominent Hispanic Women

24 Jan

Seeing women rise to power and become prominent figures in society is something we love. When those women are from minority groups, we love it even more. Hispanic women have made some sizeable contributions to U.S. history, especially as of late. Here are a few prominent Hispanic women that have made a name for themselves and changed the country for the better:

 

  1. Actress/Singer: Chita Rivera was awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Obama in 2009. She also gained acclaim for her role as Anita in the Broadway production of “West Side Story.” Jennifer Lopez and Gloria Estefan have also made their way to celebrity.
  2. Author: Sandra Cisneros is a name most have heard by now. Cisneros is both a poet and a novelist and incorporates her Mexican-American heritage into her work. She is most well known for her book, The House on Mango Street.
  3. Political Activist: Dolores Huerta worked a s a labor leader and social activist, helping to organize the five-year boycott on California’s table grapes in order to gain collective bargaining rights. She also helped found the United Farm Workers (UWF). Margarita Lopez of NYCHA also has a history of activism, participating in every cause from LGBT rights to supporting abused women, environmentalism and homelessness.
  4. Supreme Court Justice: Sonia Sotomayer served at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York before being promoted to her next role: Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. She was the first Hispanic woman to hold the honor.
  5. Journalist: An activist in her own right, Soledad Pena helped organize the League of Mexican American feminists in Lardo, Texas (“La Liga Femenil Mexicanistas”). The group pushed for equal education for women and helped to organize schools for Chicano children.
  6. Astronaut: Ellen Ochoa has logged over 40 days in space. The first Hispanic woman to become an astronaut, she went on four space flights before retiring from her career as an astronaut. She is currently the director of Johnson Space Center.

 

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