Thursday, September 18, 2014

Hispanic Heritage Month: Governor Susana Martinez and Sister de la Cruz

Governor Martinez 
Susana Martinez, Governor of New Mexico

Susana Martinez is the first woman to be elected Governor of New Mexico and the first Hispanic female governor in the United States.In 2013, Martinez was named one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people in the world.

Martinez was born in El Paso in 1959. Her father served as a deputy sheriff for El Paso County, Texas. She was a Democrat but became a Republican in 1959.

More on Governor Martinez at and Wikipedia. 

Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz: Nun, Woman Rights Activist, scholar, and writer 

November 12, 161- April 17, 1695
Sister Juana

Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz was a 17th century nun, self-taught scholar and acclaimed writer of the Latin American colonial period and the Hispanic Baroque. She was also a staunch advocate for women's rights.

Sister Juana was Hieronymite nun of New Spain. She lived in a colonial era when Mexico was part of the Spanish Empire. She was the illegitimate child of a Spanish Captain and a Criollo woman. Sister Juana became very religious as a child, and at age 16 she was sent to live in Mexico City. She became famous over her literary accomplishments.

More on this interesting nun at and Wikipedia

Monday, September 15, 2014

Honoring Latinas during Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month is a good time to recognize all the Hispanic women who have changed our lives for the better. We will be honoring these women on this blog. Feel free to give us a name of a Latina in your city who is contributing to the Hispanic community.  Leave it in the comments section.


Polly Baca-Barragan
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Polly Baca Barragan was a pioneer in the field of Hispanic women in politics. She's been a member of the Colorado state legislature. Baca Barragan was the first woman elected to chair the Democratic Caucus in the Colorado House of Representatives. She was also the first minority woman and first Hispanic women elected to the Colorado State Senate.

In an interview, the former State Senator said that she had "Wise Latinas" who inspired her to become a leader. She also recalled the days of segregation in Colorado, and seeing signs that read "No Mexicans or dogs allowed."

The NALEO honored Baca-Barragan in 2010 for her contributions to politics and the Latino community.  Baca-Barragan told the crowd "Its all of us together that create the path forward, and that creates the opportunity for our community and its not easy, its not easy…."

Read more on this remarkable woman:

Polly Baca-Barragan on Wikipedia
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