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Latina Legends

Latina Legends

Athletes

Rebecca Lobo

Rebecca Lobo

(United States, 1973– )
The youngest member of the 1996 United States Olympic women’s basketball team that captured the gold, Rebecca Lobo had a prolific college basketball career, went on to become one of the original players for the WNBA, and was named to the 1999 All-Star Team.
Lisa Fernandez

Lisa Fernandez

(United States, 1971– )
Two-time Olympic gold medalist for the United States softball team who broke numerous softball records during her career as a pitcher before becoming a prominent pitching and hitting coach.
Rosemary “Rosie” Casals

Rosemary “Rosie” Casals

(United States, 1948– )
Seven-time Wimbledon champion and hall of famer who fought for women’s equality in tennis and made her mark on the tennis world with her unique style and flair.
Nancy Lopez

Nancy Lopez

(United States, 1959– )
The youngest woman to be inducted into the LPGA Hall of Fame, Nancy Lopez won a record-breaking number of tournaments during her career and helped put women’s golf on the map.

Television Personalities

Maria Hinojosa

Maria Hinojosa

As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, we are featuring extraordinary women who have enriched our communities and influenced the world. This week, get to know Maria Hinojosa, CNN’s first correspondent of urban affairs and the recipient of numerous awards for her outstanding work in radio and television.

Maria Elena Salinas

Maria Elena Salinas

As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, we are featuring extraordinary Latinas who have influenced and enriched our communities and the world. Excerpts are from “The Book of Latina Women” by Sylvia Mendoza. This week get to know Maria Elena Salinas, an Emmy Award-winning journalist and syndicated columnist.

Daisy Fuentes

Daisy Fuentes

Cuba, 1966– )
The first Latina VJ for MTV and the first to appear on both the Spanish-language and original version of MTV, Daisy Fuentes is a well-known model, actress, host, and emcee.
Latina Icon - Cristina Saralegui

Latina Icon - Cristina Saralegui

Emmy Award-winner Cristina Saralegui is the first and only Hispanic to host daily television programs in two languages and the only Latina to run a television variety talk show, a radio show, and magazine simultaneously. Read more here.

Lisa Guerrero

Lisa Guerrero

(United States, 1964– )
At one point the only woman to work simultaneously as a sportscaster and an actress, Lisa Guerrero has achieved many “firsts” for women in sports news.

Writers

Isabel Allende

Isabel Allende

As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, we are featuring extraordinary Latinas who have enriched our communities and influenced the world. This week, get to know Isabel Allende, one of Latin America’s most highly esteemed writers who has received worldwide critical acclaim and numerous awards for her work.

Josefina Lopez

Josefina Lopez

(United States, 1969– )
As a voice for the misrepresented, playwright Josefina Lopez writes what has historically been silenced in order to empower and connect most women—and give men a glimpse of the power of a woman who is comfortable in her skin.
Sandra Cisneros

Sandra Cisneros

(United States, 1954– )
The first Latina to receive a major publishing contract and a leading writer in Latino literature, Sandra Cisneros is a recipient of the MacArthur Foundation “genius prize” and the National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in fiction.

Entrepreneurs

Linda Alvarado

Linda Alvarado

(United States, 1951– )
A successful businesswoman who established a thriving business in the male-dominated construction industry, Linda Alvarado was the first Hispanic to become owner of a professional baseball team and was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame.
Yasmin Davidds

Yasmin Davidds

(United States, 1971– )
An Organizational Psychologist, International Negotiation Consultant and Executive Coach, Dr. Yasmin Davidds started a movement to empower women, especially Latinas. She is founder of the Latina Youth Leadership Institute for HOPE, the Latina Empowerment Institute, and the Women’s Institute of Negotiation.
Rossana Rosado

Rossana Rosado

(United States, 1962– )
First Latina and among the first women to hold a position as editor in chief, publisher, and CEO of a major newspaper, Rossana Rosado is the recipient of numerous awards for her work in print, radio, and television, including an Emmy.

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