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Here Are The Latinas We Should Honor This #WomensHistoryMonth

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March is Women’s History Month which means we’re all celebrating the Latina poderosas in our lives. Be sure to give them a big hug and a cosita or two to show your appreciation. There have been so many women that came before us that, in small and big ways, created space and inspiration for our poderosas to thrive.

Here are some of the most inspiring, history-writing Latinas, in every field from science, the arts, law and politics.

Rita Moreno

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Rita Moreno has been making headlines in the entertainment industry for over 70 years. The Boricua is one of a handful of people who have won an Academy, Emmy, Tony and Grammy, making her an EGOT. Our parents remember her as one of the first Latinas to be portrayed on screen in West Side Story.

Yalitza Aparicio

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Aparicio is the first Indigenous American woman, the fourth Latina and the second Mexican woman to receive a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her role in Roma. This is no small feat. The actress had no formal training in acting and was working as a teacher at the time of her casting.

Frida Kahlo

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The now famous Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo, was not appreciated during her time and was simply known as Diego Rivera’s wife. Today, her art, which explored ahead-of-her-time questions of gender, identity and being differently abled, have resonated with the masses.

Selena Quintanilla

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The one and only Selena was the Queen of Tejano music. She broke out in a genre that was dominated by men, and made it her own. You don’t think Tejanjo music without thinking of Selena.

Dolores Huerta

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Dolores Clara Fernández Huerta is the little known co-founder of the National Farmworkers Association, most closely associated with her co-founder, Cesar Chavez. In fact, Huerta was the lead negotiator in the workers’ contract that resulted from the game-changing grape boycott on behalf of migrant workers.

Ellen Ochoa

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Ellen Ochoa is the first Latina woman in the world to go into space, making history on April 8, 1993. She was aboard the Discovery shuttle for nine days while conducting research into the Earth’s ozone layer. Since then, she’s logged 1,000 hours in space total.

Sonia Sotomayor

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Nuyorican Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is the first Latina Justice in history. At the time of her swearing in, people were criticizing every little thing she did, down to her red nails and red lips. She showed up in red nails anyway because she’s Latina.

Sylvia Rivera

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Sylvia Rivera is the Puerto Rican trans woman believed to have started the infamous Stonewall riot with Marsha P. Johnson that launched the LGBTQ+ rights movement 1960s 1960’s. She’s not often credited for her organizing efforts and fearlessness. Pray to Santa Rivera next time you need a little courage.

Maria Elena Salinas

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Maria Elena Salinas is not only the longest running female news anchor on American television, she’s also the first Latina to earn a Lifetime Achievement Emmy. Her hard hitting work is focused on the injustices facing immigrant children, and her voice has spoken for and to Latinos for generations.

Sylvia Mendez

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Sylvia Mendez has been making waves for Latinos since she was eight years old. She’s the Mendez in Mendez v. Westminster, which ended school segregation in California. Today, her civil rights work has earned her a Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

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We all know who AOC is, because she demands to be heard on behalf of her constituents in the Bronx. This Nuyorican is the youngest Congresswoman ever elected and is here to shake things up. Her ambitious Green New Deal is enlivening the Democratic party with a true urgency to address climate change before it ravages humanity to the point of no return.

Celia Cruz

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We all know Celia Cruz as the Queen of Salsa, but the Afro-Latina had to leave everyone and everything she knew in Cuba behind after Castro came to power. He vindictively permanently exiled her, and she wasn’t allowed to return even to say goodbye to her dying mother. Cruz sacrificed it all to bring the world a poderosa to aspire to.

Julia de Burgos

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Burgos’ poetry made waves in Puerto Rico, but when she moved stateside, her ballads to Puerto Rico and struggle with identity as an Afro-Latina weren’t acknowledged. Afro-Caribbean writers have paid tribute to her lasting work, and it’s time for the rest of us to follow suit.

Carmen Carrera

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Don’t be fooled by her supermodel looks. Carmen Carrera is not someone to be messed with. The trans Latina has put RuPaul himself in his place around trans-inclusive language on his show, and is fighting for space for trans women on the runway. We see you, girl.

Gloria Estefan

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Gloria Estefan is one of the greatest voices in a generation. The singer brought the sounds of the Cuban island to the U.S. and expanded on the hard work Celia Cruz already put forward. She has been honored with high-ranking awards for her cultural contributions to the U.S.

Gwen Ifill

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Ifill was one of the first Black women to host a national public affairs program in the United States and the first to moderate a vice presidential debate. The Panamanian journalist paved the way for many others and Afro-Latino journalists today have Ifill to thank for the path she blazed.

Soledad O’Brien

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O’Brien has had air time for as long as we can remember, and has had to struggle with combating prejudices and straight ignorance against Afro-Latinas along the way. Her hard work has made it easier for the women who have come after her.

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

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After forty years of serving the American public in politics, this Cuban-American icon finally retired. I’d be ready to if I was the first Latina to serve in the Florida House, Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, and finally the first Cuban-American in Congress. Pioneering is exhausting. Thank you for your service for the trans community.

MJ Rodriguez

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Honey, if you haven’t seen Rodriguez’ performance on Pose, buckle up. Rodriguez is the first trans Afro-Latina starring actress to be on a television series drama and the camera is eating it up. We all are. 🤩

Sophie Cruz

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Last, but certainly not least, is Ms. Cruz, who is not a future trailblazer, but a right-now-blazer. When she was five years old, she gave Pope Francis a letter that read, “I want to tell you that my heart is very sad, because I’m scared that one day ICE is going to deport my parents. I have a right to live with my parents. I have a right to be happy.”

In 2017, she was the featured speaker at the Women’s March, and is advocating for the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans program up to this very minute.

READ: You’re Not Celebrating #WomensHistoryMonth If You’re Not Celebrating These Trans Women

Adorn Your Very Own #WCW With These BFF-Worthy Goodies

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Adorn Your Very Own #WCW With These BFF-Worthy Goodies

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It’s National Women’s History Month and we all know that your comadres, WCW, whatever you call them are busy making history in their own ways. Every paycheck, every concha enjoyed, every red lip deserves a round of applause. Latinas have gone unnoticed in recorded history far too long, and we’re speaking up louder than our mamis would like.

If your celebration of Women’s History Month looks like gifting the poderosa in your life with an empowering reminder of the impact they make on their world, check out this perfect gifts for all of your comadres.

Mija T-Shirt | $24.99

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We’re all mijas to the most bad-ass mamis in town. Say it proud and make your friend’s mami cry.

Chismosas 4 Life Pin Pack | $14.99

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Mujeres who share chisme together stay together. Let your No. 1 comadre know your chismosas hearts are forever connected with this Chismosas 4 Life pin set.

Desmadrosa Fleece Raglan Sweatshirt | $39.99

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FIERCE coming at you with our new “Magical Mujeres” collection in super soft fleece. Reclaim the insults your girl’s tia threw at her. She’s not noisy, she’s desmadrosa and proud.

Conchas Sweatshirt | $39.99

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Give your BFF one of our all time best selling items for a light-hearted celebration of all Mexican made conchas. 🍪🌸

Self Conchas | $34.99

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The tatas sweatshirt too racy for your girl? Remind her to flaunt what she’s got and be a little less self-conchas instead. 🐚

She Se Puede Tee | $24.99

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Ayyy, cada día, remind your girl that she se puede. Sometimes suiting up means wearing a 100 percent pre-shrunk jersey knit and slaying the day in comfort.

… Y El Novio? Tee | $24.99

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Remind ya girl that she’s her mother’s daughter. The power of the chancla is within her and the power to shut that tía down can be written all over her conchas.

I’m Not Boujee I’m Fresa | $24.99

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When we were kids, this was the biggest insult an adult could throw at you, but hoy en día, we glorify in that fresa life. You know which friend needs this.

Chillona T Shirt | $24.99

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Our new collection is made of 100 percent combed and ring-spun cotton and guaranteed to make your favorite poderosa laugh. They used to use this to shut us down, pero nunca jamás.

Soy Revolución Fleece Raglan Sweatshirt | $39.99

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Yes, she is. We’re all the revolución, so make that bruja in your life feel that in a deliciously mischievous fleece.

Poderosa Sweatshirt | $39.99

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We kept the hype for your favorite poderosa pin by turning it into the modern-day cape. She’s your superhero, right?

FIERCE Mugs | $14.99

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You love the energy your girl gives you and you know it’s all thanks to Cafeé Bustelo. Fuel that fire and check out our fierce, poderosa mug collection.

Arreglada AF T Shirt | $24.99

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Note: this t shirt can be worn with or without makeup. Own it. ; )

Y Soy Rebelde T Shirt | $24.99

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Did your girl just move out of that malo’s casa? Did she just quit her job for her dream? Is she owning her life in a new way and you ship it like never before? Remind her she’s on the right path–hers.

Mamá Didn’t Raise No Mensa T Shirt | $24.99

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No matter what your mejor amiga has going on right now, she has good roots. Help her tap into her ancestral powers.

Queer Latinx Pride | $24.99

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You’re hella proud of your mejor amigx and want to show it with mitú’s Latinx Pride shirt. Plus, 100% of earnings are donated to TransLatina and non-profit FIERCE.

Sweeter Than Pan Dulce Tank Top | $24.99

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All you have is warm and fuzzies for the woman that inspires you on the daily. Pair this with pan dulce and wait for the tears to roll down her angel face.

Judges You In Spanish Dad Hat | $24.99

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You already know who deserves this dad hat. Don’t forget to check out our pin collection to elevate this look.

The Future Is Female Purple Tee | $24.99

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She comes in purple, white and black, and whichever color you choose, your favorite bruja will love. The crystal ball has spoken.

Mujer Fearless At Heart Black Tee | $24.99

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Our hearts are fierce and our will to smash the patriarchy is fiercer. Follow @fiercebymitu on Instagram for more fashion inspo and a feed to fuel your poderosa power. Te amos.

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