It’s Hispanic Heritage Month

4 10 2008

Hispanic Heritage Month is from September 15-October 15. It celebrates the anniversary of independence for five Latin American Countries- Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico declared its independence on Sept. 16 and Chile on Sept. 18.

 

In honor of Hispanic-Americans, here’s some info about notable Hispanic women:

 

Dolores Huerta

Recognized for: she is a co-founder of the United Farm Workers

 

Short bio: Huerta was born in New Mexico in 1930. After college, she became involved in a community group assisting farm workers and served as the secretary-treasurer of the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee. During this time, she met Cesar Chavez and they formed the Farm Workers Association, which ultimately became the United Farm Workers.

Her contributions include coordinating efforts that helped win acknowledgment for the farm workers’ union; leading the farm workers’ union’s political arm and assisting lobby for legislative protection, and helping change police policy on handling demonstrations after being severely injured by police during peaceful demonstrations against the policies of presidential candidate George Bush in 1988.

 

Aida Alvarez

Recognized for: She is the first Hispanic woman to lead the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the first person of Puerto Rican descent to hold a Cabinet-level post in the U.S. government.

 

Short bio: Alvarez was born in Puerto Rico and raised in New York City. She attended Harvard University and has honorary law degrees from Iona College in New York, Bethany College in Kansas and Inter-American University in Puerto Rico.

            She was sworn in as the twentieth administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration in 1997. In January 1998 the SBA and the Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce (TAMACC) signed the Memorandum of Understanding agreement. This was designed to create additional business opportunities for Hispanic American entrepreneurs in Texas.

 

 

 

Maria Hinojosa

 

Recognized for: She’s an award-winning journalist

 

Short Bio: She was born in Mexico City and graduated magna cum laude from Barnard College. She majored in Latin American studies, political economy and women’s studies.

She was the urban affairs correspondent for CNN, hosted Visiones, a public affairs talk show. She also worked as a producer on CBS. Her many awards include: being named one of the 100 Most influential Latinos in the U.S. by Hispanic Business Magazine; she received the Robert F. Kennedy award for “Manhood Behind Bars”, an National Public Radio story about how jail has become a right of passage for men of all races; and she won awards from the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and the New York Society of Professional Journalists.

 

Sources: womenshistory.about.com; www.npr.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

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8 10 2008
Isabella Coldivar

These are some accomplishments to be proud of! Hispanic Heritage is such a great time to celebrate accomplishments such as these. It’s also a great time to become more involved with our community and help spread the word about such accomplishments or even about certain information we feel could be beneficial.

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Definitley check out AARP for yourself or for a relative or client. They’ve got some great benefits, including (but not limited to): Exclusive travel discounts, prescription discounts, retirement planning and free companion membership!

I hope it’s alright that I commented on your blog — wanted to let them know about the fun video with Cristina and AARP’s great benefits. If you have any further questions,
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Thanks!
Isabella Coldivar
AARP Ambassador
isabellaAARP@gmail.com

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