Two years ago, I was watching television as several Republican U.S. Senators beat up on Judge Sonia Sotomayor. It all took place at her confirmation hearings for the U.S. Supreme Court. They were broadcast on CNN.
What angered me the most is how they took two words "Wise Latina" that she included in a statement, and blew them out of proportion. Two words “Wise Latina” were suddenly a bad thing!
The Power of Two Words
Wise Latina! Yes, I’m saying it out loud. Wise Latina! Wise Latina! It feels good to say it.
For many Latinas, those two words just mean that we're bright, experienced, knowledgeable, smart and courageous women. What’s wrong with that?
It doesn’t mean we’re better than others. It doesn’t mean we think “we’re all that.” It means we are proud to be smart women.
So please for those of you who have thought it was a negative term; erase what the media and politicians have embedded in your minds about the term “Wise Latina.” It’s actually something positive.
|Vicki, Rebecca and Sandra|
I guess I also have to thank those Republican senators who angered me. They’re the reason I started “Wise Latinas Linked” back in August, 2009.
I knew as I was sitting there watching these guys verbally punch Judge Sotomayor; other Latinas around the country also felt those punches, also felt insulted and mad. And in many cases had experienced something similiar with white male bosses.
I also knew that my comadres (girlfriends) Sandra Gonzalez and Vicki Adame were thinking the same thing, even though they were in other parts of the country. We knew we needed to link Latinas together in the U.S. and beyond our borders.
More than 3,000 Strong
The birth of Wise Latinas Linked happened on August 6, 2009. The same day Justice Sotomayor was confirmed for the U.S. Supreme Court. Social networks helped our group grow to more than one thousand members in one month.
|Los Angeles Wise Latinas|
We’re a virtual group with members in almost all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Spain, Canada, Colombia, Argentina, Honduras, Brazil, Paraguay and Guatemala.
Latina Sisterhood with a Purpose
We’ve come together to help Latinas get jobs, further their education and in some cases—start all over. Many of our members are advocates and activists on issues that affect Latinas and their families.
Several members have encouraged companies to remove products and ad campaigns that have offended the Latino community. Many Wise Latinas are also using their time and efforts in supporting causes involving education, politics, health,the economy, jobs, and social media.
Latinas, it's all in your hands
Congratulations to all you Latinas who continue to help make Wise Latinas Linked a success. We couldn’t be here without you.
Our hopes have been to show all Latinas that we have a voice that needs to be heard in the U.S. and around the world.
What company doesn’t understand our buying power? What politician doesn’t understand our clout as voters? As the U.S. Census has shown us—Latinos are 50 million strong.
No more sitting on the sidelines or the back of the bus. As Latinas, you have the power to be what you want to be and you have the voice to make it happen.