Posts in category "women"

Blogostroika: Yoani Sánchez tours U.S.

Blogostroika: Yoani Sánchez tours U.S.
Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez shows us that one woman can make a difference. Sánchez, 37, has used her blog, Generation Y, and Twitter as tools to criticize the Cuban government and write about the struggles of life in Cuba. It is the first time the government has allowed her to leave Cuba since 2004. She... Read more »

Women's History Month: Cristina Fernández de Kirchner advocate for gay marriage

Women's History Month: Cristina Fernández de Kirchner advocate for gay marriage
Argentina’s President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner has been a strong advocate for gay marriage in her country and signed a law making it legal in 2010. As the U.S. Supreme Court reviews laws on gay marriage, it’s surprising to consider our government is socially behind countries like Argentina that are overwhelmingly Catholic. Argentina was the... 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 »
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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 »

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 »
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Latinas need access to contraception

Latinas need access to contraception
Latina teenagers have the highest birth rate of all racial and ethnic groups in the United States. It is estimated that 52 percent of Latinas in the United States will become pregnant at  least once by the age of 20. So access to contraception and birth control are issues that matter to Latina women. Nobody... Read more »

Maria Hinojosa spoke to women journalists at JAWS10

Photo by Michael Para from npr.org Maria Hinojosa is one of the best-known Latina journalists in the United States and she was the keynote speaker at the Journalism & Women Symposium, JAWS 2010 conference, held this past weekend in Texas. Hinojosa is anchor and managing editor of “Latino USA” on National Public Radio. She previously... Read more »

Inés Sainz accepts apology for machismo in the New York Jets locker room

Inés Sainz A Mexican female TV reporter was subjected to catcalls and verbal harassment in the New York Jets locker room where she went to do an interview over the weekend. And rightly so on Monday night Jets owner Woody Johnson apologized to  Inés Sainz for harassment by team members and a coach, according an... Read more »
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Is the Mexican Miss Universe more than just a pretty face?

I was too busy following the primary election in Arizona this week to notice that Miss Mexico, Jimena Navarrete, won the Miss Universe contest. Sadly, the progressive Latino candidate for U.S. Senate, Randy Parraz, lost the Democratic primary but hopefully he will run again for office. We need more candidates like him to speak out... Read more »