On March 8, the world will celebrate "International Women’s Day," also known as the "United Nations Day For Women’s Rights." This day celebrates the extraordinary achievements of women around the globe, let's take a moment to celebrate some of the most influential Latinas of our time — from civil rights activists to astronauts to journalists.
Here are five Latinas making the world a better place:
Dolores is the most influential labor leader and civil rights activist who, with Cesar Chavez, co-founded the "National Farm Workers Association," which later became the "United Farm Workers" making her a role model in the Latino community.
Sotomayor made history on August 6, 2009 when she became the first Hispanic Supreme Court justice. Since her appointment to the Court, she has been a consistent defender and a strong supporter of the First Amendment values on the bench.
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Awards: Women in Aerospace Outstanding Achievement Award; Hispanic Engineer Albert Baez Award for Outstanding Technical Contribution to Humanity, 1989; National Hispanic Quincentennial Commission, pride award, 1990; Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award; San Diego State University Alumna of the Year; Ochoa has also earned the following awards from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA): Space Act Tech Brief Awards, 1992; Space Flight Medal, 1993, 1994, 1999; Outstanding Leadership Medal, 1995; Exceptional Service Medal, 1997. 🏆🏅🎖
She became the first Hispanic woman to go to space when she served on the nine-day STS-56 mission aboard the space shuttle Discovery in 1993. She has flown in space four times. Ochoa has been recognized with NASA's highest award, the Distinguished Service Medal, and the Presidential Distinguished Rank Award for senior executives in the federal government
Maria Elena Salinas
With more than 30 years on our TV's, Salinas is the longest running female news anchor on U.S. television, and is the first Latina to receive a Lifetime Achievement Emmy. She has interviewed Latin American heads of state, rebel leaders, dictators, and every United States president since Jimmy Carter.
Yalitza is the first indigenous woman to be nominated for a best actress Oscar. With her "Best Actress" nod, Aparicio becomes only the second Mexican-born actress to be recognized in the category, following in the footsteps of Salma Hayek.
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