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Latina Legends

Hispanic Heritage Month: Latina Legends 

Athletes

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.
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.
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.

Television Personalities

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.
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.

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