Over the years, Latinas’ have revolutionized the way we see the world. These women had the courage and strength to dominate, while influencing those around. They took the world into their own hands, made it a better place, and they deserve recognition. Here are 5 Latinas, you didn’t know that changed the world:
Date of Birth: May 10, 1958
Occupation: Worlds’ first Hispanic female astronaut
Ellen Ochoa was the Worlds’ first Hispanic female astronaut. She was the first Latina in Space in 1993. Her parents did not attend college, but Ochoa studied at Stanford University in Palo Alto, where she graduated as a valedictorian. Ochoa always stressed that staying in school, gives one many more options. Some of her most famous awards include the Women In AeroSpace Outstanding Achievement Award and the Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award.
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Occupation: Artist and Painter
Heritage: Cuban American
Ana Mendieta was an artist, painter, sculptor who was known for her “earthy” body work. She was born in Cuba and the fled to live in the United States at the age of 12. In junior high, she discovered her love for art. She earned a BA and MA in Painting. She oftentimes connected with a feminist art movement, and embraced her own feminine spirit. Mendieta was recognized as a vital contributor to land art.
Victoria Leigh Soto
Date of Birth: November 4, 1985
Occupation: Teacher and Hero
Victoria Leigh Soto was a passionate teacher at Sandy Hook elementary. She showed tremendous strength and courage in the face of death. On December 14th, 2012, Victoria died from shielding her students from a gunmans’ assault rifled. She was recognized as a hero by many because she displayed such selflessness. Her impact shook the community, and she will always be remembered for act of heroism.
Date of Birth: June 7, 1936
Occupation: American civil rights activist of Mexican-Puertorican Heritage
Mendez was the child of the 1947 landmark case, Mendez vs. Wenmister, in which she and her parents fought for equal education and against segregated education in California. The case successfully ended segregation in California and also made it the first state in the United States to end segregation. Mendez became a pediatric nurse and retired after 30 years. On February 15, 2011, Sylvia Mendez was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Date of Birth: April 10, 1930
Occupation: Activist and Labor Leader
Heritage: Mexican American
Born in New Mexico, Dolores Huerta is the Co-Founder of the United Farm Workers’ association, and a leader of the Chicano civil rights’ movement. She received an associate teaching degree and from teaching had seen many hungry farm children coming to school. She wanted to help them by organizing farmers and workers. She then began her career as an activist, and in 1962 her and Cesar Chavez founded the National Farm Workers Association. She was a driving force that led to a successful Union contract by the 1970. In 1998, she received the Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award.