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Latina Legends

Latina Legends

Latina Legends

Amalia Hernandez

Amalia Hernandez

(Mexico, 1917–2000 )
A pioneer of folk revival and founder of one of the world’s preeminent ethnic dance companies, the Ballet Folklórico de México.
Carolina Herrera

Carolina Herrera

Venezuela, 1939– )
A top international fashion designer and wildly successful businesswoman, Carolina Herrera is an icon of class, elegance, and sophistication in the fashion world. In 1987 she became the third recipient of the MODA Award for Top Hispanic Designer.
Celia Cruz

Celia Cruz

(Cuba, 1924–2003 )
A five-time Grammy winner with twenty gold albums to her credit, singer Celia Cruz is the first Latino pop singer to earn a presidential National Medal for the Arts.
Charo

Charo

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 singer, dancer, actress, comedienne, and award-winning classical guitarist of worldwide fame, Charo.

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.
Dolores Huerta

Dolores Huerta

(United States, 1930– )
Co-founder and first vice president of the United Farm Workers Union, Dolores Huerta was the first Latina inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame.
Dr. Antonia Pantoja

Dr. Antonia Pantoja

(Puerto Rico, 1922– )
The first Latina recipient of the prestigious U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom Award, Antonia Pantoja founded the Puerto Rican Forum and ASPIRA, as well as numerous other organizations dedicated to the education and empowerment of disadvantaged youths.
Felisa Rincon de Gautier

Felisa Rincon de Gautier

(Puerto Rico, 1897-1994 )
The first woman elected mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and a pioneer in the fight for women’s rights, Felisa Rincón de Gautier served as goodwill ambassador under four United States presidents and received numerous prestigious awards from countries around the world for her efforts.
Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo

(Mexico, 1907–1954 )
The most famous Mexican female artist of all time, Frida Kahlo’s self-portraits are unsurpassed and her work continues to gain in popularity as time passes
Gloria Estefan

Gloria Estefan

As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, we are featuring extraordinary Latinas who have enriched our communities and influenced the world. This week the spotlight is on international superstar, singer Gloria Estefan, who has sold more than 50 million records and has twenty Top Ten hits.

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.

Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez

(United States, 1970– )
Entertainer, entrepreneur and philanthropist who in 1997 became the highest-paid Latina actress ever, Jennifer Lopez was nominated for a Golden Globe and was awarded best actress from the American Latino Media Arts Awards (ALMAs). Her debut album sold 8 million copies.
Joan Baez

Joan Baez

(United States, 1941– )
Singer Joan Baez, known as “the Queen of Folk Music,” earned eight gold records. A dedicated activist, she received the American Civil Liberties Union’s Earl Warren Award for her work in human rights, among other honors.
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.
Judith Baca

Judith Baca

United States, 1946– )
Artist Judith Baca has devoted her life to bringing together different cultures and inspiring appreciation of diversity through community mural projects like the highly acclaimed Great Wall of Los Angeles.
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.

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.
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.
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.
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.

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.

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.
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.
Rigoberta Menchu

Rigoberta Menchu

(Guatemala, 1969– )
The youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize and founder of the Rigoberta Menchú Foundation, an aid organization for indigenous people, Menchú served as spokesperson for the United Nations International Decade of Indigenous People.
Rita Moreno

Rita Moreno

(Puerto Rico, 1931– )
The only performer ever to win an Oscar, a Tony, a Grammy, and an Emmy.
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.
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.
Salma Hayek

Salma Hayek

(Mexico, 1966– )
Producer, director, and actress Salma Hayek is honored as the first Mexican Latina to obtain leading roles in Hollywood since Dolores del Río. She has received numerous awards for her work, including a best actress Oscar nomination.
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.
Selena

Selena

(United States, 1971–1995 )
The first female Tejano artist to earn a gold record and the first singer to have five Spanish-language singles simultaneously on the Billboard 200, Selena received a Grammy Award for best Mexican-American album and at one time was the number one Latina singer in the United States and Mexico.
Suzanna Guzman

Suzanna Guzman

(United States, 1971– )
World-renowned opera singer of stage, film, and television, and recipient of the Placido Domingo Award for contributions to the Latino community.
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.

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