Posts in category "Latina"

Evelyn Sanguinetti will be Illinois' first Hispanic lieutenant governor

Evelyn Sanguinetti will be Illinois' first Hispanic lieutenant governor
History was made in Tuesday’s election. By electing Republican Bruce Rauner governor, Illinois voters also elevated his running mate, Evelyn Sanguinetti, making her the first Hispanic and first Latina to hold statewide office as lieutenant governor. Sanguinetti, a member of the Wheaton City Council, is a lawyer and an adjunct professor at John Marshall Law... Read more »

Women's History Month: Pioneering journalist Jovita Idar

Women's History Month: Pioneering journalist Jovita Idar
Jovita Idar was a pioneering Mexican-American female journalist. She was born in 1885 in Laredo, Texas, into a family of journalists. She and her brothers worked for their father’s newspaper, La Crónica, according to the University of Texas at Austin. She wrote articles under a pseudonym and exposed the poor living conditions of Mexican-American workers... Read more »

Women's History: Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz

Women's History: Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz
For Women’s History Month, Chicanísima is featuring Latinas past and present who have broken barriers. As the cardinals prepare to elect a new pope, my thoughts turn to a nun who was a rebel in her time. Her name is Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. She was born in 1651 in Mexico and became... Read more »
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Women's History: Latinas making progress

Women's History: Latinas making progress
Today is International Women’s Day and March also is Women’s History Month. It’s a time when I reflect on Latina women, feminism, our accomplishments and how far we have come and how far we have to go. Yes, Latinas are breaking barriers.  Sonia Sotomayor is the first Latina or Latino Supreme Court Justice. Ellen Ochoa... Read more »

Scary stats for women

It’s Halloween. But here are some scary facts. Nationally all women make 72 cents on the dollar and African-American women make 62 cents on the dollar compared to men. Latina women do far worse making 54 cents on the dollar compared to men. In this presidential race there has been much discussion of what to... Read more »

Teatro Luna's new play "Crossed" explores immigration

Teatro Luna's new play "Crossed" explores immigration
Teatro Luna, Chicago’s All-Latina Theatre Company, is performing a new play, “Crossed,” in a new home in the Live Bait Theater on the North Side. They have new creative leadership and many new cast members but the play, first workshopped last year under trying circumstances, still lives up to the old spirit of the company.... Read more »
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Teatro Luna brings back Generic Latina

What is a “Generic Latina?” Is she sexy? Does she have an accent? Is her name Maria? There are plenty of stereotypes out there about Latinas and Teatro Luna, Chicago’s all-Latina theater company, sets out to break them. They have brought back their play, “Generic Latina,” on the 10th anniversary of its creation. I saw... Read more »