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BIG SIS/ LEADING LATINAS Men·tor (noun). According to dictionary.com, a mentor is a wise or trusted adviser, teacher or guide. Think about your own Latina mentor. Who do you look up to? Who do you admire? Who do you turn to for advice or guidance? Write a essay about a person who is your mentor. Why do you look up to this person? Share a story about how this person has made an impact on you. What do you admire about them?

CAREERS Is there a woman you know doing a job you are interested in? Interview her for Latinitas magazine. Ask her to describe her job and why she chose what she does to do. Ask her about the training she needed to get to be where she is at. Find out what kind of salaries someone can make in her position and the benefits and challenges of her job.

COOL CLUBS What clubs, community service projects or volunteer experiences are you involved with. Tell us about your “cool club” what their mission is, what you have to do to contribute and what you enjoy about it. Let other girls know how they may be able to get involved with something like it.

Women’s History Month: Leading Latinas by Grecia S.

As part of Women’s History Month, we are spotlighting influential Latinas whom have made a difference in the community and/or their field.

Alicia Alonso Alicia_Alonso_1955
Founder of what is now called the National Ballet of Cuba, this Cuban girl inspired many ballerinas to follow their dreams. She received the Bellas Artes Merit from Spain Monarchy, gold medal at Circulo de Bellas Artes in Spain, and the Cuban title of Heroina Nacional deal Trabajo. She has become one of the most outstanding athletes throughout Cuban history. Don’t be shy if you know how to dance or paint chica, Alicia Alonso wasn’t afraid to show the people who she was. Who knows, you might inspire your very own artistic movement.

Alicia Dickenson Montemayor
Working with men during  the 1930’s was very difficult for women, and even more difficult if you were a Latina. Well, this outstanding Latina paved the way in so many areas. She became the first woman associate editor of LULAC News, but also the first elected woman for national office and vice president of the League of United Latin American Citizens. She did a lot for middle class Latin American people and promoted civil rights for women and Latinas.

Claribel Alegria
Alegria moved to the United States in 1943; this Nicaraguan poet has won our hearts and minds with her poem I survived (Sobrevivo). The poem led her to win the Cuban-sponsored Casa de las Americas award in 1978. She has became one of the most influential political activists in Nicaragua. Her passion and political activism led to the creation of a social movement in Nicaragua called La Generacion Comprometida.

Stay tuned for future installments to be published throughout Women’s History Month! 

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