Last year, only one U.S. Latina made it into the "150 Women Who Shake the World" list compiled by the Women in the World Foundation and The Daily Beast on International Women’s Day.
The slight was not lost on journalist Pilar Marrero, who wrote this critique in La Opinion:
The list is short, considering that it is global, but they still found room for 62 women in the United States, including actresses like Ashley Judd and Angelina Jolie, who are included for their social and philanthropic work. The only U.S. Latina is swimmer Dara Torres...Without detracting from Torres, it seems incredible that a publication [like] The Daily Beast could not consider any other U.S. Latinas as worthy of a place on the list.
Translated into English from Spanish by Latina Lista.
And this year, how many U.S. Latinas made it onto the "150 Fearless Women" list ? Two: Colonel Maritza Saenz Ryan and environmentalist Susan De Anda.
So here at LatinoVoices, we've decided to make our own list of fellow Latinas who we think our breaking barriers. Below you will find our own humble compilation. While it's by no means a complete list, we hope you'll take the time to celebrate Latinas breaking barriers all over the country. And please feel free to let us know who you think we left off or should make next year's slideshow.
In keeping with this year’s U.N. theme: Empower Women – End Hunger and Poverty, we include some fearless women and notable Latinas who have worked towards uprooting hunger and poverty, in all of its forms.
LATINAS BREAKING BARRIERS: