Latina Activists: Huerta, Sor Juana and Anzaldúa

Learn more about these Latina activists:

Dolores Huerta

Huerta is a labor leader and civil rights activist who was an early member of the National Farmworkers Association, which later became the United Farm Workers (UFW). Huerta was the daughter of Juan Fernandez, a miner, farmer worker, union activist, and state assemblyman, and Alicia Chavez. Chavez raised Huerta and her two brothers in the central California farm worker community of Stockton, California. Huerta’s mother was known for her kindness and compassion towards others and was active in community affairs, numerous civic organizations, and the church.

Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz

She was a self-taught scholar and poet of the Baroque school, and was known in her lifetime as “The Tenth Muse.” Juana was a devoutly religious child who often hid in the hacienda chapel to read her grandfather’s books from the adjoining library, something forbidden to girls. She learned how to read and write Latin at the age of three.Sor Juana is considered today as a Mexican writer and a contributor to the Spanish Golden Age. Her famous poema is “hombres necios que acusan a la mujer sin razon.”

Gloria Anzaldúa

She was a scholar of Chicana cultural theory and feminist theory. Anzaldúa was born in the Rio Grande Valley of south Texas. Gloria Anzaldúa’s great-grandfather, Mr. Urbano, was the first owner of the Jesús María Ranch in which she was born. Her mother grew up in an adjoining ranch, Los Vergeles, which was owned by her family. She met and married Urbano Anzaldúa when both were very young. Anzaldúa was a descendant of many of the prominent Spanish explorers and settlers to come to the Americas in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, as well as of indigenous descent.

Price of Beauty


Written by Jackie Aguilar

In 2013, the European Union decided to ban all products or product ingredients that have been tested on animals. In the United States we have laws for animal cruelty yet none on them seem to ban animal testing. According to the Humane Society, 92% of experimental drugs that are deemed “safe” in animal trails fail in human clinical trials.

Animal testing first took off in 1920, since then it has continued to grow and exist. Since 1920 technology and humanity have made it over so many mountains but we have yet to fully go over this one. The question is: why haven’t we?

“I never really think about it. Animal cruelty has been shunned when it comes to beauty products. When you think of beauty products, you don’t think about what it took to make them but how they are going to make you look, which is kind of materialistic and selfish but that’s how society is,” says Monica Burciaga, 17.

For girls like Angelia Carrete, 17, being conscious of brands you buy can be hard, and when you’re trying to find a specific brand it might even be the last thing on your mind that day.

“I have honestly never thought about it. It is something I do care about, but for some reason it has slipped my mind, ”says Angelica Carrete,17.

“When you think of beauty you really don’t think about what it took to make them, but only about how they are going to make you look,” adds Burciaga.


In order to create awareness about the issue and create a lasting solution, we must shed the ignorance we have put ourselves under and realize that this is a problem.

As a society we think that if it is out of sight, it’s out of mind. However, the truth is that even though there are companies whose products are not tested on animals, there are many companies who still practice animal testing.

“I don’t think we should still be testing on animals because first off, the chemicals in makeups shouldn’t be so harsh that we nee to test them in the first place. Secondly, as advanced as we are with technology there should be some way to test it on something other than animals,”says Rosemary Vozza,17.

In fact, some companies try to comply with animal cruelty laws of other countries in order to “pass” as cruelty free. Even though this is publicly accessible information, the role animals play in the production of make-up still remains a problem in the United States. claim that up to 90% of animals used in U.S. labs are not counted in the official statistics of animals tested.

Burciaga,Carrete, and Vozza have agreed to be more proactive of animal-tested products. Being more proactive and making the decision to making a change is the first step. What you buy matters! It’s kind of like a vote for the company. If more people stop purchasing the brands that are not cruelty free, the company will be forced to revaluate why and do something to change that. If we want to make a change for these animals, we must be proactive with awareness and our power as consumers. The next time you’re shopping for a new palette, check the packet for a cruelty free logo. Remember, raise awareness and support cruelty free companies.

Want to know if your favorite make-up brand is cruelty free? Check out this official list of what companies test on animals:


Yummy Snack Recipes

Summer is around the corner, which means the paletas, raspados, and other summer treats are going to be plentiful. Here are three easy homemade treats that will satisfy those summer cravings.

Strawberry and Kiwifruit Popsicles


  • Popsicle molds (if you cannot find these, plastic cups and popsicle sticks can work as well.)
  • 4 Strawberries
  • 2 Kiwifruits
  • 100% white grape juice


1. Make sure you wash both the kiwi fruits and strawberries before you start.  Remove the stems from the strawberries and carefully peel the kiwi fruits.

2.Next, after you ask an adult for help, cut both the strawberries and kiwi fruits into round slices.

3. Once you have all the slices, arrange and fill in the molds and/or cups with the fruit slices.

4. Then, add 100% white grape juice to the molds/cups. Be sure to only add enough to cover the slices. If you are using a mold, be sure to close it. If you are using a cup, be sure to add a popsicle.

5. Leave in the freezer for about 6 hours or until the juice is completely frozen.

Remember, you can always get creative and mix and match different fruits and juice flavors!

Vasitos de Pepino


  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 lemon
  • Chamoy
  • Chili powder
  • Crunchy peanuts (cacahuates japoneses)
  • Mango or tamarind candy
  • Salt


1. Wash the cucumber, cut off both ends, and peel it completely.

2. Next, cut the cucumber in 3 sections.

3. Once you have the 3 pieces of cucumber, remove the center of each one using a spoon. Be sure to not go completely through it because the cucumber should resemble a cup. Then, put it aside.

4.In a small bowl add just enough Chamoy, lemon and chili powder to make a paste.

5.Now that you have the cucumber cups, add the paste to the edges of the cucumber cup as well as more chili powder. You can do these last two steps by flipping the cucumber cups upside down and then rub them on the plates with the paste and chili. This will coat the edges of the cucumber cups.

6.Once the edges are filled with the paste and the chili, fill the cups with more Chamoy, mango or tamarind candy and peanuts.

7.Add lemon, salt and enjoy instantly!

These two fruit filled snacks go perfect with this hot summer weather, but if you have more of a sweet tooth this next recipe may be just the right treat for you.

Oreo Frappe


  • 5 Oreo cookies (or as many as you would like)
  • 1 cup of milk
  • Chocolate syrup or liquid chocolate
  • 2 cups of vanilla ice cream
  • Whipped Cream
  • Ice
  • Cinnamon or chocolate sticks (optional)


1. Crumble the five Oreo cookies into tiny pieces and set them aside.

2. In a blender add one cup of milk, two teaspoons of chocolate syrup, two cups of vanilla ice cream, and ice.

3. Add chocolate syrup to the sides of a cup. Then, pour the mixture of chocolate, milk, ice cream and ice you just blended into the cup.

4. Add whipped cream to the top and sprinkle the Oreo crumbles.

5. Add a cinnamon stick, chocolate sticks, a cherry or even a whole Oreo as a yummy decoration. Don’t like these options? Any other ingredient that comes to mind can be added.

Energy Boost for School

Girls JumpingEating healthy and being active will give you the energy boost you need to stay alert and focused in school. Not sure where to start? Don’t worry, chica, here are some ways to start leading a healthy and active lifestyle:

Eat breakfast
Having breakfast is better than having no breakfast because breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Even if you are super busy or rushed, there are plenty of options to choose from.  Some breakfast ideas include having a fiber packed bowl of oatmeal. You can top it with nuts or even try them with yogurt, too. Want a faster option? Try peanut butter on a piece of toast. Try saving those yummy pan dulces for the weekend. explains that foods with high calories, such as pastries or doughnuts, won’t keep you full or provide you the necessary nutrients needed to stay energized.

Read nutrition labels
Reading nutrition labels are a great way to know what you put in your body.  Foods with a good source of a nutrient has a percent daily value between 10% and 19%. If the food has 20% or more of the daily value, it is considered an excellent source of that nutrient. If you need help determining which foods are better for you, ask a parent or nutritionist.

Pack a healthy lunch and snacks
Ask your parents to help you pack a nutritious lunch such as dried fruit, sandwiches, or a hummus with whole grain pita. Or if you prefer eating in the cafeteria there are ways to pick out better for you foods, that will surely avoid the sluggish after meal feeling you may be used to. You can even bring an orange on the go to enjoy or even save for your recess break. Wake up your senses by sniffing that vitamin c fueled fruit for an even better effect.

Did you know?

  • The color of the rice matters. Pick rice and breads that are brown in color. This usually means that it has whole grains which are great for your body.
  • Other foods like bananas, cherries, whole dairy products, pizza, and creamy gravies or sauces can make you feel heavy and exhausted too.
  • It’s always important to drink plenty of water throughout the day. So bring a bottle or two to keep in your backpack to stay hydrated and alert.

Another great way to stay enthusiastically energized at school is staying active. Running, jump roping, dancing …. anything that keeps you active is good for your heart and energy. The exercise releases endorphins, which gives you that happy/energetic feeling. Having a good night’s sleep, nutritious meals, and staying active are great ways to remain energetic and feel empowered for your education.

Food for Your Brain

Who doesn’t love food? Tacos, pizza, hamburgers, salads, and cake, you name it. But does your body really need all these foods? During your teen years the body grows and changes constantly, therefore, chica,you have to make wise choices to grow healthy and strong. Food is your body’s fuel, so if you choose the right foods you’ll have an optimal performance. You don’t need to be a chef in the kitchen to come up with healthy ideas, all you need is creativity and to be more informed. Exercise plays an important role in this topic, is part of finding harmony in your life that will help you to stay healthy to live longer and happier.

Everyone has at least fallen in love with a delicious flavor at least once. It could have been a meal that your mom prepared for you, or maybe one day you found yourself experimenting with the fridge leftovers. The point is that food is awesome, but keep in mind that it’s the fuel for your body.

Have you recently paid attention to what you eat every day? Do you really need that family size of papas fritas with salsa valentina? Muy ricas, right? Sadly, you cannot eat them every day; balance in your diet is a must. Your body does not work as efficently when you lack the elemental nutrients.

Water - healthy option

Tu cuerpo y mente complement each other. Did you know that you can eat food to improve your concentration and memory? En otras palabras: eat food for your brain, which is one of the major organs of the human body. Keeping your mind busy and body active will not only make learning easier, but it will help keep you healthy!

There are many options of foods; here is a list of what you can eat to have a sharp and bright mind:

  • Drink plenty of water and avoid sugary sodas and sports drinks! Staying hydrated is important to the overall brain function and will help you  concentrate.
  • Eat more berries: They’re small and easy to carry with you on the go, and these little guys contain memory-boosting vitamins like vitamins C and E.
  • Add more folic acid rich foods: Folic what? in other words whole grain foods, lentils, black-eyed peas, soybeans, green peas, artichokes, broccoli and oranges.
  • Increase your fish intake:  Don’t let Dory’s memory from Nemo  bring you down, not all fish are as forgetful as her. Actually, if you eat low fat fish, like salmon, it will improve your ability to remember information.
  • Start your day with a healthy breakfast: Oatmeal and low-sugar/ high fiber cereals will give you the kick that you need to start your day. News report that research has shown that students who eat this type of breakfast perform better at school.
  • Eat eggs in moderation: Huevos a la Mexicana? Si, porfavor. Although eggs can be high in cholesterol, they can help you retain information and be ready to learn every day. Cooked egg whites is the healthy alternative.
  • Switch your snacks from chips and cookies to fruit and walnuts: I know, I know, eating your fruits and vegetables is the number one saying while eating healthy, but there are other healthy snacks out there. Did you know walnuts are good sources of plant-based omega-3 fats? These fats are important for your health.
  • You don’t have to stop eating red meat to be healthy: A great source of vitamin B12, which is vital for healthy brain function, is found in red mean. If you opt for grass-fed beef, even better!

Eating right is a good start, but you have to also supplement it with exercise. Mixing a good diet and exercise will lead you to an optimal performance. Caminar, correr, nadar you choose any type of physical activity that you like is the best ally you can have during this stage of your life. Invite amigos or familia to exercise with you, having a workout buddy motivates you, and together you can come up with more fun ideas on how to stay active and healthy.

The benefits of taking care of your body at a young age are infinite and it will pay off in your adult life. And just like John F. Kennedy said: “Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.”

The 3Ps for Time Management

There are three easy steps that you can practice right now to have a successful and less stressful school year.

Planning out ways to balance successful grades while still having a social life is possible. Having a big calendar, or planner to record all tasks needing to be completed is a great way to start. Having all information neatly organized is helpful with time management because you can prioritize each task and its urgency as to when it needs to be completed in a timely manner. Every school subject should have its own color. Sometimes to do lists can get messy, but you can start the list while watching TV or listening to your favorite música. Try using bright colors like red, orange, and green. Other colors can be used for weekend or non-school activities such as sports, art class, or chores.  Start with one week at a time. Once your list is complete, rewrite all your tasks according to its date on your big calendar.
Prioritize each assignment by its due date. Don’t forget to color code!  Color coding a to do list or using color sticky notes on a planner is a great way to prioritize every task you may have according to its day. It will also make it easier to rewrite the information on your big calendar. If you have a busier week, asking a parent to help you is always great to do. Parents can help by assigning your chores and extra curricular activities for the weekend to reduce any overwhelming feelings you may have.
Sound great but not sure how to get started? Ask a parent or an adult. Selecting a time during family meals, car trips, walking the dog, or even standing in line at a store would be convenient. These are just some great options to ask for guidance. Having a set schedule is also helpful. For example, after school activities could be having a quick snack and checking your to do list for the day. After completing all tasks there should be time to get your lunch and outfit picked for the next day.
Be sure to set a bedtime for yourself. According to WebMD having 10 to 11 hrs of sleep per night is a must! Try to avoid caffeine before bed so that you can remain calm and fall asleep.  Lack of sleep can harm your mind and your body.  Your tired mind can give you a sluggish or inpatient attitude which will not help you at all. Lack of sleep will cause you to loose focus during school and at home resulting in many more issues. Having a set schedule can help train your brain, but sleep will provide the energy and tolerance of completing any tasks that you may have. Remember, you can’t be the best you can be without a good nights sleep.
Sometimes coordinating a time to play before school or on a day that doesn’t require much work can be helpful. Those instances are considered “down time,” so take advantage of that by having Playtime after studying or even completing chores.
Some activity ideas to help wind down at night can be a warm shower, a book or other relaxing activities.  Avoid doing exciting exercises such as jumping and  dancing to loud music. Video games, text messaging, web surfing and other stimulating activities should also be avoided shortly before bedtime.
Following tips like these will help you toward a successful school year, you and your parents can be proud of!

Elle Stuart

Boosting Your Self-esteem

Hola Chicas, you can believe that you are special in every way. Sometimes school, friends and changes as you grow can make you feel uncertain of that. highlights the many developmental changes that occur between 8 to 13 years old such as physical, emotional, social and cognitive or how you think. You are not alone, there are ways to get through these changes while keeping your self esteem high. 100_2720
Connect With Your Emotions
Are you feeling more sensitive  or even self conscious? This is normal. Get familiar with your own emotions and even insecurities. Once you have figured out what type of emotion you have, turn it around! If it’s a disappointment or failure, boost your self esteem and recognize that you trying is still important and that you do have the opportunity to do better next time. Having a mindset of knowing that there is always an answer, can keep you motivated with solving almost any challenge you may have.
Remember What Makes You Unique
It’s very common to compare yourself to your friends, but it’s healthier to keep in mind that everyone has differences. You may figure out immediately just how different you are, but really take the time to learn your talents and all the great things you have to offer. These are ways to think positive about yourself and your own accomplishments.
Join a Group
Child states that self esteem really starts to play a major role at the age of 9. It also suggests that joining a sports team or a club is a wonderful idea. Being part of a team can help you find value, it may help accelerate your grades, and keep you physically fit. Whether you are on or off a team, finding helpful solutions to an issue can help keep your emotions and social life in check.
Do Something Fun
Keeping yourself in a good mood is a must! Even if things don’t work out in your favor. If you ever feel down, do something fun. Ride your bike, take a walk, play video games, listen to music, get into a special hobby of yours. Staying focused on negative emotions won’t help you feel better about yourself. Take your mind off of what may be causing stress.
Surround Yourself With Supportive Family & Friends
Having support is something that is so important. expresses that the people who believe in you, care for you. Those people include your parents, teachers, and great friends that can provide comfort. Please remember that it’s okay to talk to someone and find that understanding in those people that care. We all  have had to focus on boosting our self esteem, you are encouraged to practice these steps whenever you feel you need a boost.

Be Proud of Yourself, Chica!


As humans, we tend to feel embarrassed of ourselves sometimes for things that make us unique or different. We can feel insecure because of our smile, how we speak, our height, our dreams, ideas, or anything else that makes us distinct. In fact, we should embrace all of that! Here are 5 things that can make you value and appreciate yourself more as a person:

Remember That Being Different is Good

There’s no one else like you, there won’t be someone exactly like you. Sometimes we tend to feel bad for some flaws we have, but it’s normal. It is important to stop criticizing yourself for your flaws and what makes you different. “Tell your inner critic to be quiet,” recommends the website. “If you have a mean thought about yourself, see if you can change it to something positive instead.”  We all have a purpose here and were created to do something great. Your voice, your mind, your ideas, your face, your hands, even your eyes are different from the rest.

Get inspired by others

Even when we don’t realize it, we make a mark on people’s lives. Whether it is through kind words or by a simple action, that can leave someone thinking about what they’re doing wrong and think about changing it.

“I used to have a friend who wanted to learn how to dance. She went for it, even if she didn’t know how to and it made me realize that the biggest failure would be not trying. No matter how much time it takes,” said Pamela Herrera,18. Inspired by her friend, Pamela decided not to shy away from trying new things because of fear of failure. This motivated Pamela to embrace her wish to learn to dance and she enrolled in a dance program. You never know when a small act of kindness or kind words can encourage others.

You’ve done some amazing things in your life

Stay focused on the amazing things you have done in your life, remain positive. You’ve seen some places other’s have not and you have made friends that you won’t forget. There are some memories that will stay with you forever. Think about your first party, when you won a prize for something, your first concert, a road trip or any other great moment in your life. You’re special for having experienced and accomplished that, even if there are times when you compare your life to others and you think that you’re missing out on something. Time will come and you will get your chance to do something great as well.

When she is feeling down, Melissa remembers to reflect on some of her favorite experiences. “One time when I was little, my brother took me to see a Broadway play, it was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had,” says Melissa Hernandez,19.

“I went to see my favorite band after days of looking for tickets. It was amazing, I was on the front row, but the most important thing was that my dad was there with me, we’ve never shared a moment like that before,” shared Alejandra Valdez,19.

You have dreams and goals to achieve

You have dreams to accomplish in life, you have your own goals and wishes that will lead you to great things in life. But to achieve this, you have to work hard and prepare yourself for it. Dreams do not run to your hands, you have to go out and chase them.

Luz Espinoza,19, stays focused on her goal to keep her confident and driven. “I hope that one day I can get to be an actress, that’s my main goal in life”.

Your mind is like no other

All of those things you feel, think and like are unique, there’s no other person in the world that thinks like you do. Every dream, every thing that you want to accomplish, go for it. You’re capable of doing great things. 

To finish, I’ll leave you with one thing: you should be proud of yourself. You’ve come so far in life; keep going, be happy with who you are, and always try to improve in every way that you can. You can do anything you set yourself to.

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month


Hispanic heritage month is celebrated from September 15 to October 15th,  and it focuses on our history and how Hispanics have helped shape the United states. Former president Gerald ford proclaimed September 10th-16th being national Hispanic heritage week in 1974. It was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402 to become a month long celebration. You are part of a very powerful, inspiring, and fastest growing minority group in the country.
Today, according to the CDC, the Hispanic population is roughly 54 million in the U.S. (CDC). Part of this population includes proud and successful Hispanic Americans with different cultural backgrounds.  In 2012, Mexicans made up 64% of the total U.S. population, followed by Puerto Ricans (9.4%), Salvadorans (3.8 %), Cubans (3.7%), Dominicans (3.1%), and Guatemalans (2.3%). Other Hispanic or Latino groups made up 13.7% of the total Hispanic population.
There are various ways to celebrate your culture during this month. From eating delicious food to celebrating your favorite cultural tradition, you can celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month any way you like!
Food is a popular choice, especially when you have the opportunity to try different dishes from other cultures. Try a Peruvian style ceviche, which is usually seafood based, in a citrus salsa.Tasty appetizers like Cuban croquettes are lightly breaded and filled with common ingredients such as creamy cheese and ham. Simpler recipes can be a Mexican style quesadilla — a yummy, melty, cheesy treat that you can personalize to your taste. Have fun preparing meals like these con tu familia.
You do not have to throw a huge party to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month; nada malo en escuchar música to celebrate your heritage. Have a party or even d


ance contest while you enjoy some merengue, salsa, or bachata. Rockalingua is a dvd of Spanish music videos you can enjoy.
Enjoy the great outdoors while playing games inspired by your culture. Embrace each other with a game of el corazon de la piña. suggests the worldwide popular and traditional Spanish game of rayuela, also known as “hop scotch”.
There are so many reasons to remember and appreciate your history.  Be even more creative this month, you can find craft ideas or even host a play with your amigos that captures  famous Hispanics or a historic event.

5 Things Every Teen Should Have in Their Bag

latina student with backpackBy Yulissa Zambrano

Now I know what you’re thinking, “But I already carry all these textbooks and folders! I can’t make room for more things!” Luckily, all of these items are small, so the struggle of squeezing in more things in your backpack or bag won’t be too bad (unless you’re really loaded on those textbooks!).

1. Mint gum
A regular school day lasts around 7 hours, and most students only brush their teeth before school. Your breath during or after the day can feel or smell yucky, so why not bring mint gum to freshen up your breath? You will thank yourself for chewing mint gum regularly when you talk to that crush of yours! (An alternative for gum is mints- still gives you fresh breath without getting in trouble with your teachers!).

2. Bandages
Almost everybody’s had some sort of slight injury a bandage could help cover, such as those tiny yet painful paper cuts or a scrape on your knee from P.E. class. Whatever the case may be, bandages are always super useful to have with you. Not only will they be helpful in your small cuts and scrapes, but your friends will probably be happy to know you can help them out in a situation like that by providing a bandage.

3. Tissues
If you’re anything like me, you feel pretty embarrassed and annoying getting up a few times during class to grab a tissue. This can especially be awkward during flu season. Drug stores always have to-go sized tissues in stock, so maybe buy a few to clean up your mocos!

4. Hand sanitizer
Again, getting up out of your seat during class to just pump a dab of hand sanitizer in your hand can be a little weird when you can just have your own tiny bottle right in your bag. A lot of hand sanitizers now come in various scents and come with those hooks to hang from your zipper, and even though it’s just hand sanitizer, it’s cute and it is important in order to avoid getting sick.

5. Extra pair of earphones
I cannot stress how many times this could’ve saved my life during high school. Sitting in class or in the bus without listening to my own music was a major buzzkill. I can almost guarantee that there will be at least one day you will forget your earphones. Seriously, save yourself from that misery and keep an extra pair of earphones in your bag.

Maybe none of these things will help you ace your tests, but taking care of yourself is a 24/7 priority. School can get you busy but these five things can help you learn how to accomplish doing awesome in school and taking care of yourself!