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Latina Legends

Hispanic Heritage Month: Latina Legends

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.
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.
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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