15 Latinx Women in History Our Kids Should Know About
In 1993 people all over the world watched as Ellen Ochoa became the first Latina woman to rocket into outer space on the Space Shuttle Discovery. While watching astronauts blast off of Earth's surface is always kind of extraordinary in itself, for Latinx kids, watching this Mexican American woman make history was life changing. At that moment those children watching realized that the sky really was the limit. This is what true representation feels like.
When you're a kid, seeing someone who looks like you accomplish something remarkable can mean everything. It can help build self-esteem, cultural pride, and help pave the way for the next generation of changemakers. That's why Women's History Month is more than just a hashtag holiday.
Seeing Latina women succeed at their roles as activists, authors, artists, political leaders, and more enriches our society in countless ways, and encourages children to not only embrace their identities, but to also break down gender stereotypes within our culture. Us adults too! Yes, gone are the days when mami is expected to live in the kitchen all day. From trans activist Bamby Salcedo to Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, we've put together a list of changemakers that are opening up doors and inspiring a whole new generation through their actions.
Here Are 15 Latinx Women in History Our Kids Should Know About
Raffi Freedman-Gurspan is a Honduran American transgender rights activist and in 2015 became the first openly transgender person to work as a White House staffer when she was hired by Barack Obama as Outreach and Recruitment Director in the Presidential Personnel Office. She is currently the Deputy Director of Public Engagement at the United States Department of Transportation, as appointed by President Joe Biden.
Miriam Jiménez Román
Puerto Rican American, Miriam Jiménez Román was a renowned scholar, activist, and author on Afro Latino culture. The Afro-Latina's work was dedicated to bringing Black Latinidad to the forefront and has become the foundation for Afro Latino cultural studies which is still discussed in classrooms around the world. She also organized the Black Latinas Know Collective in 2019 to promote and mentor Afro-Latina intellectuals who study Blackness and Latinidad.