I am a great believer that Latinas make such strong leaders due to a combination of several characteristics, values, and attitudes. Many Latinas, grew up with stories about their family members who against all odds, were able to come here to the U.S. in search of a better life for their children. We have been inspired by that abuelita, mama, tia, prima, o hermana, who has stand tall at all times. We are not only motivated, but we are tercas ( determined) to reach whatever goal we set ourselves, and we serve as leaders within our house, friends, school and work place. We value what is important in our life: family. It is because of our family, that we take on leadership roles to set the example for the next generation. We have had our share of famous Hispanic females like:
Dolores Huerta: Cofounder of United Farm Workers of America (with César Chavez), she has worked tirelessly her whole life to ensure rights for farm workers and has been extremely successful in organizing communities.
Rigoberta Menchú: From Guatemala and most well known for her plight to preserve indigenous rights in Guatemala during their Civil War. In 1992 she received the Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts.
Carolina Herrera: Venezuelan fashion designer, she has become a household name and her designs have been worn by countless celebrities. She is also involved in human rights work, campaigning to end hunger in developing and less-developing countries.
Frida Kahlo: Mexican painter whose primitive-like style reflected Mexican folk culture, her own pain and suffering, both physical and emotional.
All these women, have set the example that when you follow your heart, work hard and serve as a role model, you can achieve your goals. I know that in my life I have strong Latina Leaders that I look up to and because of them, I am in the pursuit of becoming a better mother, sister, daughter, friend, co-worker, etc. We are indeed strong leaders, all it takes is to acknowledge it, because sometimes we don't. I advice you to sit down and think: How many Latina leaders do I know? Then, go up t them and tell them that they are true, strong Latinas Leaders and thank them for it :)