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Latina Legends

Hispanic Heritage Month: Latina Legends

Artists

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.
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
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.
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.

Activists

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.
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.

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